Bill Creates Legal Ramifications for Probation Officers

KNWA - A bill making its way through the state legislature would prohibit improper sexual conduct between a probation or parole officer and the person being supervised.

If the governor signs the bill into law, there will be legal ramifications like a second-degree sexual assault charge instead of a misdemeanor. The difference between the two is spending several years in county jail versus paying a fine. This is a problem the Lonoke County Sheriff's Office has recently seen twice.    

"We shouldn't have to worry about that. The probationer shouldn't have to worry about that. So hopefully this will take care of that," said Captain David Bufford.

The bill now heads to the Full House, after it quickly passed through committee Thursday morning.


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