ASP trooper charged with assaulting juvenile

ASP trooper charged with assaulting juvenile

WEST MEMPHIS, AR (KAIT) - An Arkansas State Trooper from West Memphis is charged with assaulting a juvenile.

The ASP's Criminal Investigation Division issued a misdemeanor citation for assault in the third degree to Corporal Sammy D. Koons.

Koons, a 21-year veteran of the department who is assigned to Troop D, is accused of hitting a juvenile during an off-duty incident on Sept. 19, 2015.

According to a news release from ASP, "Koons stepped outside his home where several juveniles were gathered and a disturbance ensued."

Koons confronted one of the juveniles and hit them on or near the face, the release stated.

Two days later ASP assigned special agents to investigate the allegations. They submitted their findings to Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington.

If convicted, Koons could face a fine of no more than $500 and/or up to 30 days in jail.

He is expected to appear in West Memphis District Court on Jan. 29.

Koons has been on paid administrative leave since shortly after the incident. ASP says he will remain in that status while the case is before the court.

A formal internal complaint is also pending against Koons and will be investigated by the State Police Office of Professional Standards.

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