LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Named chairman Arkansas‘The Parole Board consists of Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders Documents released by the local police department show that he was fired from the local police department several years ago for lying to investigators about having sex with a minor.
Jamol Jones, whom Sanders appointed to the board last week, was fired from the Benton Police Department in 2018 for his role in the police force, according to personnel files released by the Free Press. Lie to investigators about whether he had sex with a 17-year-old girl. Information Law Requirements.The documents were first reported Thursday night small stone KATV Television.
Jones lied twice to criminal investigators probing the relationship, initially telling them he only spoke to the girl. Prosecutors brought no charges against Jones, but he was fired for violating the department’s ethics code by lying to investigators. File display.
Jones told an internal affairs investigator he didn’t know the girl’s age but acknowledged he “should have found some clues,” including messages on her Snapchat talking about going to class all day, documents show.
A spokesperson for Sanders would not say whether the governor or her office knew about the investigation into Jones before appointing him, or whether Sanders believed he should still serve as parole board chair.
“Jamor bravely served our country in the military and protected his community as a police officer, which provided him with the experience and knowledge to serve on the Post-Prison Diversion Board and the Board of Corrections,” spokesman Ya Alex Henning said in an email.
Sanders said last week that Jones’ “prior law enforcement experience makes him the clear choice for this important role.” His appointment as chairman of the seven-member panel expires on January 14, 2030.
Jones was an Army veteran and also served as a patrol corporal with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Training Division.
Jones did not say whether he discussed investigating and firing him with the governor’s office before his appointment.
“I did not break any laws and have not been charged with anything, but I made a mistake and I ask God and my family for forgiveness and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Jones said in an email. Be proud of what I did.” My contribution to our country and state, and the support of my wife and family. “
As chairman of the parole board, Jones also serves on the state Board of Corrections. News of his firing comes amid an escalating battle between Sanders and the commission over who controls the state prison system.
A state judge blocked a law Sanders signed last year that would have stripped the board of directors of the ability to hire and fire corrections secretaries. Following that ruling, the board fired Sanders’ appointee to the position.