For­mer deputy ac­cused of as­sault

Ben­ton County fires Har­ri­son, 52

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - TRACY M. NEAL

BEN­TONVILLE — A for­mer deputy and Ben­ton County jus­tice of the peace was ar­rested Thurs­day in con­nec­tion with sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a woman.

Richard Kevin Har­ri­son, 52, is free on $7,500 bond af­ter his ar­rest in con­nec­tion with sec­ond-de­gree sex­ual as­sault, a felony pun­ish­able by a prison sen­tence of five to 20 years. Pros­e­cu­tors haven’t filed a for­mal charge against Har­ri­son.

Sgt. Shan­non Jenk­ins, spokes­woman for the Sher­iff ’s Of­fice, said Har­ri­son was fired Wed­nes­day. The crim­i­nal case isn’t re­lated to Har­ri­son’s em­ploy­ment at the Sher­iff’s Of­fice, Jenk­ins said.

Har­ri­son was placed on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave Tues­day be­cause of a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Jenk­ins said.

“I don’t have any com­ment,” Har­ri­son said Thurs­day when reached by tele­phone. “I would love to, but I can’t talk to you right now.”

He re­ferred ques­tions to his at­tor­ney, Ed McClure.

“We are anx­ious for our day in court to get his ver­sion of what hap­pened in front of a jury,” McClure said.

Rogers po­lice were called Mon­day con­cern­ing a sex­ual as­sault. A woman re­ported she woke up at 1:30 a.m. Mon­day and saw Har­ri­son, who was naked, touching her in­ap­pro­pri­ately, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

The woman also re­ported in April she woke up and Har­ri­son, who was naked, was ly­ing next to her in bed, ac­cord­ing to a prob­a­ble cause af­fi­davit

Har­ri­son served three two-year terms on the Ben­ton County Quo­rum Court as jus­tice of the peace for Dis­trict 5, which is the east­ern part of Rogers.

He was first elected in 2010. He ran for re-elec­tion in 2016 and won an­other term, but re­signed in De­cem­ber when he took a job with the Sher­iff’s Of­fice. Har­ri­son was a work de­tail deputy when he was fired, Jenk­ins said.

Har­ri­son’s ar­raign­ment is sched­uled for 8:30 a.m. Sept. 5 in Ben­ton County Cir­cuit Judge Robin Green’s court.


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