Tuesday, April 21, 2015

TOP STORY >> Lonoke homecoming for attorney general

Leader staff writer

It was a sort of homecoming for state Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Tuesday as she made a stop at the Lonoke County Courthouse to mark Crime Victims Rights Week.

Rutledge was a Lonoke County deputy prosecutor from 2005-06. She went to law school with Lonoke County Prosecutor Chuck Graham. Rutledge, Graham and Lonoke County Circuit Court Judge Ashley Parker worked together when they all were deputy prosecutors.

Rutledge said being the state’s chief law-enforcement officer means working with the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office, the Lonoke and Cabot police departments “to understand these crimes so, when we handle them on appeal, we can be successful in upholding convictions that are obtained in Lonoke County.

“The Attorney General’s Office has a cybercrimes investigative unit. Chuck and his office have been partners with us and have been advocates since its inception,” Rutledge said.

“We had a case involving a Sherwood man who had his computer worked on in Cabot. We had a member of the Air Force living in Cabot,” Rutledge said.

Both resulted in convictions for child pornography. The attorney general’s office worked with the Cabot Police Department to extradite one man from Kansas City to face pending charges.