Region 8 Bail Bondsman Loses License After Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

JULY 18, 2006 - Posted at 7:15 a.m. CDT

COLT, AR - A northeast Arkansas bail bondsman has lost his license after state regulators heard accusations that he had asked for sex instead of money to get women or their relatives out of jail.

The Arkansas Professional Bail Bondsman Licensing Board took the action against Bill Kennedy of Colt (St. Francis County).  Veronica Crumley of Cross County said she hired Kennedy to post her $20,000 bond after she was arrested in October.  She said she made two payments toward the fee, and said she had sex with Kennedy because she believed if she hadn't she would go back to jail.

The 46-year-old Kennedy denied the allegations.

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