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Former prison chaplain sentenced for sexual assault

Deputy Carl Schlotzhauer of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office takes Kenneth Dewitt into custody. (Source: Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney's Office) Deputy Carl Schlotzhauer of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office takes Kenneth Dewitt into custody. (Source: Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney's Office)
Kenneth Dewitt during a 2008 interview with KAIT-TV. (Source: KAIT) Kenneth Dewitt during a 2008 interview with KAIT-TV. (Source: KAIT)
JACKSON COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

A former prison chaplain accused of sexually assaulting inmates will spend the next several years behind bars.

Kenneth Dewitt, 67, of the Patterson community was taken into custody Monday and will be transported to the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) to begin serving a prison sentence for three counts of sexual assault in the third degree.

During the sentencing hearing, one of Dewitt’s victims at the McPherson Women’s Unit recounted her experience.

Dewitt “stood stoically throughout throughout the recitation, never looking at his victim,” said Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce in a news release.

Dewitt resigned from his position as chaplain at McPherson until his resignation in September 2014 when he confessed to an “inappropriate relationship with a subordinate.”

An investigation by Arkansas State Police revealed Dewitt had engaged in sexual relations with three female inmates during his employment as chaplain at the unit.

He was sentenced to serve a 10-year term in the ADC on each count to run concurrently, with five years suspended on each count.

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