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story.lead_photo.caption Jack Gillean at a UCA board of trustees meeting in August 2011. ( Karen E. Segrave)

— Jack Gillean, University of Central Arkansas' former chief of staff, was charged Friday with commercial burglary over accusations that he helped a student steal academic tests from professors' offices.

Gillean, 55, was charged with three counts of that felony in addition to one count of fraudulent insurance acts, also a felony, and one count of issuing a false financial statement, a misdemeanor.

Gillean is accused of giving UCA keys to student Cameron Stark last year so that Stark could get into the offices and steal the tests. Stark, 24, has been granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for his cooperation in the case, Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland said.

According to an affidavit, Gillean accompanied Stark on one of the burglaries.

Gillean, a former deputy attorney general, resigned from UCA abruptly June 15 after being asked about his grand-master key, which police learned Stark had.

Hiland said an investigation is ongoing and additional charges could be forthcoming.

Gillean now lives in Hot Springs.

Read more in tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.


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  • RaylanGivens
    October 5, 2012 at 11:35 a.m.

    I'm starting to think if I see UCA grad on a resume for someone applying for a job I may have to throw it in the trash

  • NoUserName
    October 5, 2012 at 11:39 a.m.

    The sheer number of problems @ UCA is just mind-boggling.

  • dumblikeme
    October 5, 2012 at 11:39 a.m.

    UCA = Unrestrained Criminal Activity

  • BpLrAr
    October 5, 2012 at 12:26 p.m.

    Don’t you people read? It’s not just U.C.A., it’s the whole dang county! The county JP, the county administrator, former county civil attoryney, former county prosecuting attorney, former county deputy prosecutor, former county road-police officer; there must be something in the water causing people in positions of authority to become criminals.

  • ArkansasHawk
    October 5, 2012 at 12:27 p.m.

    Perhaps, some more information here, such as the relationship between this man and the student, why would this man give his keys to this student and take part in burglary.

    October 5, 2012 at 12:38 p.m.

    I have gotten to the point that politicians, cops, and teachers are all on the same "DO NOT TRUST" list.

  • LadyDragon
    October 5, 2012 at 1:34 p.m.

    Talk around UCA is, the relationship between Gillean and Stark was that an intimate relationship was taking place between the two...

  • ThirdKid
    October 5, 2012 at 1:52 p.m.

    to dumblikeme: If you're not in jail, don't have an arrest warrant or a criminal record, then you're smarter than this highly educated man!
    And to BpLrAr: It ain't coming from the water, man! It's pure unadulterated GREED and unethical people in high places.
    I wonder which of the two men involved needed the academic test.

  • Gatkee
    October 5, 2012 at 8:43 p.m.

    Wait, so the alleged thief is now immune, because a respected administrator helped him steal tests? Where is the motive here? This makes no sense to me? Why would Gillean do this? Gay love affair, money? What could be the motive? Why would they ive immunity unless they wanted to nail Gillean?

  • Reality
    October 5, 2012 at 10:24 p.m.

    For the Record, I know a lot of fine, ethical, honest, and caring people in Faukner County. UCA is a fine university with great teachers and leaders. If there is a "bad apple" in the crowd it looks like they are working it out of the barrel. Prehaps we should wait and see how this works out along with all the other "stuff" going on in Faulkner County. I hope I am right. I hope and pray we see the people search for the facts, and do the right things to move the county forward.