Prosecutor not seeking charges in Brookland School District investigation

Updated: Mar. 2, 2021 at 5:29 PM CST
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BROOKLAND, Ark. (KAIT) - 2nd Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Keith Chrestman announced he won’t seek prosecution in a Brookland School District investigation.

The investigation was tied to allegations of missing items and possible misuse of public funds.

In a letter to Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd, Chrestman detailed what led to his decision.

Chrestman said it all came down to the facts.

After reviewing the investigative file, he provided two key points.

The first was that the facts do not warrant a theft prosecution because the evidence does not sufficiently show that a named person intended to deprive the Brookland School District of its property.

Secondly, the criminal code does not include a general misuse of public funds criminal offense.

The report covered 15 items of personal property considered missing. Further investigation found most of the missing property was borrowed and later returned.

It also determined some of the items were either decommissioned or unwanted.

While some of the remaining school property is still unaccounted for, Chrestman said the evidence is not sufficient to indicate that a crime occurred.

In the end, Chrestman decided to close the case and not seek prosecution.

He did say if further investigation reveals new facts, his decision might change.

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