Police chief arrested for rape, sexual extortion; no longer works for department
TURRELL, Ark. (KAIT) - A Crittenden County police chief is now facing rape and sexual extortion charges after his arrest.
According to his attorney, Turrell Police Chief Perry Jennings was arrested Wednesday in the case.
On Thursday, Turrell Mayor Charles Webster told Region 8 News that Jennings no longer works for the department.
Jennings was fired Wednesday upon learning the results of the state police investigation, Turrell City Attorney Curtis Walker said.
Arkansas State Police officials said earlier this month that they had opened a sexual assault investigation into Jennings.
According to ASP Public Information Specialist Bill Sadler, a criminal investigation division special agent has opened the investigation into Jennings.
Jennings’ attorney said Thursday that her client had been questioned by the Arkansas State Police in the case. On Wednesday, Jennings, through his attorney, continued to deny any wrongdoing in the case.
Sadler said the information for the investigation was provided to ASP by the Crittenden County Sheriff’s Department in Marion.
Authorities said in October that Jennings had been suspended from his duties pending an investigation into allegations he sexually assaulted a woman while on duty.
The woman alleged that Jennings approached her at a gas station and took her back to the police department, where she says the assault happened.
Jennings is expected to appear in a Crittenden County courtroom Friday.
Walker confirmed to KAIT he is also the city attorney for Turrell and could not comment on the case in order to “protect the city;” however, Walker did confirm that Jennings has hired an attorney.
KAIT has reached out to the city for information about Jennings’ status with the department. When asked, a city employee said they “were not sure” who was fulfilling the duties of chief.
In October, Mayor Charles Webster confirmed that Jennings had been suspended and issued the following statement:
When asked if Arkansas State Police are also investigating, Webster said that decision would be up to the sheriff’s office.
KAIT8 has sent a Freedom of Information request to the city for more details.
Jennings’ attorney issued the following statement:
Jennings is also a patrol officer for Luxora. Chief Albert Wright says he’s been placed on paid suspension pending the outcome of the investigation.
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