LITTLE ROCK — A state police spokesman said Tuesday it was too soon to say whether a state trooper who provided security for former Razorback coach Bobby Petrino would face disciplinary action for accepting gifts from the University of Arkansas' football program.
LITTLE ROCK — A state police spokesman said Tuesday it was too soon to say whether a state trooper who provided security for former Razorback coach Bobby Petrino would face disciplinary action for accepting gifts from the University of Arkansas’ football program.
The state Ethics Commission found probable cause to believe Capt. Jeffrey Lance King violated state ethics laws by accepting game tickets and a Sugar Bowl ring worth a total value of $4,085 over a two-year period.
Accepting the gifts apparently violates a state law that prohibits public servants from accepting gifts outside of their salary and benefits for performing their duties, Ethics Commission Director Graham Sloan said in a letter to King.
The letter, dated June 15, offers to settle the case by issuing King a letter of caution. Sloan said Tuesday that King notified the commission on Monday he would accept the settlement.
Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said no decision had been made whether the agency would sanction King.
“We need to see the specific findings and how that is couched in this cautionary letter,” he said.
Sadler said King did not wish to comment.
The commission investigated the matter after King filed a complaint against himself. Sadler said King made the complaint in order to obtain an opinion on whether the gifts were legal.
State police officials did not know about the gifts until they came to light because of reporters’ questions in the aftermath of Petrino’s April 1 motorcycle accident, Sadler said.
UA Athletic Director Jeff Long fired Petrino on April 10 after Petrino admitted he had been in an inappropriate relationship with an employee, Jessica Dorrell, who was involved in the accident. Petrino initially claimed no one else was involved and later admitted he had lied to conceal the inappropriate relationship.
Petrino had hired Dorrell as his assistant four days before the accident and had given her a $20,000 gift a few months earlier.