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story.lead_photo.caption Kenneth Dewitt in 2002

NEWPORT — A former Arkansas prison chaplain has been released on bond after surrendering to be charged with 50 counts of sexual assault.

Jackson County sheriff's office employees said Dewitt turned himself in early Monday morning and was released on $30,000 bond after seeing a judge. The prosecuting attorney's office filed charges against 66-year-old Dewitt on Thursday.

Prosecutors allege he coerced three inmates at the McPherson's women's prison in Newport, 90 miles northeast of Little Rock, into having sexual relationships with him, telling one inmate no one would believe her if she told authorities.

Jeff Rosenzweig, Dewitt's attorney, says he made arrangements with the prosecutor to surrender at the jail and followed through on those arrangements.

A separate federal investigation into complaints of sexual harassment at McPherson is ongoing.

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  • vineydeeyahoocom
    December 21, 2015 at 8:31 p.m.

    When the prison has one of your family in it, no one can do anything to help them. The general population, the legislature are ignorant of the reality. The prison system, the courts, the foster care, the laws,the lack of interest in what puts those women in the prison--what happens to their children---O, God--It makes me weep.

    That chaplain is simply evil. He would have been a creep if he had been a prison guard--but a chaplain? He had a personal rape hotel and he is paroled out. Should he get convicted he will see what it feels like to get caught at the other end of a deaf system. So he told the women he abused that no one would believe them? His crime was against every prisoner in Arkansas.

    We need prisons for those who commit crimes --but we need to look at what happens in prisons. Really. Look into it.

  • NoCrossNoCrown
    December 26, 2015 at 7:51 p.m.

    Sadly those words fall on deaf ears. Those who see these kind of evil going on right before their very eyes, but say nothing out of fear of being labeled "Liberal". In prison or not, these people are STILL children of the Most High God.
    Since He never promised us a easy life, free from trouble.
    We need to, "Be careful how you treat the least of these......"
    Some may have entertained angels!

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