Second State Official Cited for E-mail Abuse

September 3, 2003 - Posted at: 11:21 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The head of a state agency is accused of sending inappropriate e-mail, and Governor Huckabee has demanded a full accounting of the use of state computers on state time.

A Little Rock television station first reported that Arkansas Crime Information Center director Charles Pruitt sent e-mails that included nudity and off-color cartoons.  In July, the head of the state Office of Emergency Services handed his resignation to the governor after e-mailing a poem with inappropriate content.

In the ACIC case, Huckabee says it is up to the commission that governs the agency to take any disciplinary action that may be warrented.

The ACIC director is one of the state government positions in state government the governor does not appoint.  The director is hired by the commission.  The governor said this morning the panel should investigate and take what action is necessary.

Huckabee said his administration has demonstrated that it is expected that people will treat others with respect and use state property and time appropriately.

The governor says people sometimes make mistakes, but communications involving sexual innuendo or pornography is "wholly inappropriate."

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