Former Bono police chief pleads no contest in court

BONO, AR (KAIT) – Former Bono Police Chief Lance Suttles pleaded guilty Tuesday to disorderly conduct.

Suttles was originally charged with a misdemeanor charge of obstructing government operations. Suttles negotiated with the judge to reduce the original charge. Suttles was fined $300.

On March 12, Bono Mayor Billy Stephens fired Police Chief Lance Suttles, giving him a letter that stated he was no longer employed by the city.  Mayor Stephens says the decision was made after consulting with attorneys for the city.

Suttles was served with a warrant for a misdemeanor charge of obstructing government operations.  The charge is connected to a sexual assault investigation against him. Those charges have since been dropped.

This isn't the first or second sexual assault investigation into the Bono Police Department, but the 3rd in the last 6 years.

The first dates back to January 2006 when Bono Police Chief Rick Duhon was accused of sexually assaulting a minor. Duhon pled guilty and was sentence to six years in prison.

Just over a year later in 2007, Former Bono Interim Police Chief Jim Matha was accused of sexually assaulting the same minor that put Duhon behind bars. Matha was sentenced to 3 years probation.

The Bono City Council recently appointed Robert Jones to police chief.

Region 8 News will continue to track this story and bring you any new details as soon as they become available.

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