Arkansas JP Kim Hanke pleads guilty to charge, resigns

BENTON, AR (AP) - A member of the Saline County Quorum Court has resigned and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor tampering charge that grew out of a case accusing his son of sexual assault and kidnapping.

Saline County prosecutors said Kim Hanke entered his guilty plea Thursday before District Judge Mike Robinson.

Hanke, who is well known from TV ads for his siding and window business, was sentenced to a year of supervised probation and fined $1,000. He resigned from his justice of the peace position under the terms of a plea agreement.

Prosecutors say that while the case against his son Josh Hanke was pending Kim Hanke knowingly helped his son violate an order of protection and a separate no-contact order. The younger Hanke was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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