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Former Sheriff Kelley Cradduck Fined By Ethics Commission

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BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) — Former Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck was fined by the Arkansas Ethics Commission after a citizen complaint was made against him.

Cradduck was accused of using an on-duty Benton County Sheriff’s Office employee to babysit his child at his home.

The Ethics Commission found that Cradduck had used his official position as Benton County sheriff to secure special privileges or exemptions and sent him a public letter of caution and fined him $150.

According to a letter from the commission, Cradduck agreed to settle the matter by paying the fine.

The citizen complaint was filed by Justice of the Peace Kevin Harrison.

Cradduck resigned as sheriff in April after the Benton County Quorum Court agreed to pay him $80,000 and was later convicted of misdemeanor tampering and sentenced to six months unsupervised probation.

Cradduck was replaced by interim Sheriff Meyer Gilbert.