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Sheriff’s deputy arrested

A central Arkansas sheriff’s deputy is relieved of duty after being arrested by his own department.
BENTON, AR – A central Arkansas sheriff’s deputy is relieved of duty after being arrested by his own department. Paperwork for the arrest indicates he faces charges of theft and prescription drug possession without a prescription.

Lieutenant Scott Courtney with the Saline County Sheriff’s Office tells us Deputy Paul Babbitt was arrested after an investigation by the Saline County Criminal Investigation Division. Babbitt was taken into custody without incident, booked, then released.

Deputy Babbitt has been relieved of duty and placed on administrative leave pending a decision by the Sheriff.

The investigation began after an Alexander resident reported a theft at his home.

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