John Wesley Hall

Former Arkansas sheriff accused of violent crimes

A man who once served as sheriff of Benton County is under fire for allegedly assaulting a family member. The 47-year-old man was arrested in Bentonville, Arkansas, after being accused of violent crimes. It is unknown whether he has retained criminal defense counsel, and no court date has been publicly announced.

Court records say that around 11 p.m. the night of Aug. 12, officers from the Rogers Police Department were called to the man's residence after they received reports of a possible domestic disturbance taking place. Upon arriving at the residence, police found the man and an unidentified woman who has been confirmed to be a member of his family. The man and woman were arguing when police arrived.

However, despite the allegation by the woman that the man had pushed her down, officers could not find evidence of injury on either of their persons. Nevertheless, the man was arrested on site. Police charged him with the misdemeanor charge of third-degree assault on a family or household member. Police did not say whether he remains in police custody at this time or whether he has been released on his own recognizance.

Even though the man is no longer a member of law enforcement, the allegation that he committed violent crimes could still influence his future employment as well as his reputation. His defense team will carefully review the facts of the case as presented by the Arkansas police report as well as both parties' recollection of the alleged encounter. They will use this information to build a compelling defense, possibly referencing the fact that neither party appeared injured at the time of the supposed incident.

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