January 14, 2006--Posted at 12:50 p.m. CST
BONO-- The police chief in the northwest Arkansas town
of Bono has resigned after he was charged with first-degree sexual
assault of a 14-year-old girl.
Investigators say 52-year-old former chief Rick Duhon lured the
girl to his home a few days before Christmas. Bono Mayor L.M. Duncan
confirmed Duhon's resignation.
The crime is a felony punishable by a maximum penalty of 30
years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
The mayor said Bono Patrolman Jim Matha would act as police
chief until the city fills the position and that the Craighead
County Sheriff has agreed to help the city if needed.