Former Osceola police officer returning to the beat

Former Osceola police officer returning to the beat

OSCEOLA, AR (KAIT) - A former Osceola police officer at the center of an online bullying claim will soon be back on the beat.

In August 2012, Jennifer Ephlin left the Osceola Police Department amid allegations she used a fake Facebook account to harass a 10-year-old girl who had been bullying her daughter.

Ephlin was suspended for 10 days and later left the department.

The prosecuting attorney announced the following March the statute of limitations had run out and he would not formally charge Ephlin with a crime.

Come Monday, Feb. 8, Ephlin will once again wear an Osceola police uniform.

"Our policy is if someone is terminated or leaves, then they are eligible for rehire in three years," Chief David Gladden explained to Region 8 News.

Gladden went on to say that he had "no reason not to hire" Ephlin.

"She did nothing illegal," he said.

The chief also noted that since her departure from his department, Ephlin has been employed by two other law enforcement agencies.

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