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Arrested Former Lonoke Co. Detective 'Good Employee,' Says Sheriff

Two former Lonoke County Sheriff's Office employees -- including a detective -- are facing felony charges after an investigation by Arkansas State Police.
LONOKE COUNTY, AR -- Two former Lonoke County Sheriff's Office employees -- including a detective -- are facing felony charges after an investigation by Arkansas State Police.
   
Steve and Misty Morgan are accused of accessing secure information about a case involving a family member that was being investigated by Cabot Police.

Steve Morgan was a detective. Misty Morgan was a receptionist at the department.

Last Monday, the Morgans were fired by Sheriff John Staley "based on lack of confidence. I didn't see where they needed to go forward with employment with us."

The Morgans each face three felony charges and one misdemeanor for allegedly accessing the A.C.I.C. -- a restricted database of crime information -- to look into a case involving the family member.

"We're in a glass house," Staley said. "We should be held to a higher standard. We're still human. We make mistakes and you're innocent until proven guilty."

No one answered the door Monday at the Morgans Lonoke home. But a neighbor told FOX16 that Steve Morgan -- who was recently a candidate for Lonoke Township constable -- is a good man.

"Seemed like a nice fellow... quiet, keeps to himself," said neighbor Charles Bruce.

Sheriff Staley says the Morgans had been placed on administrative leave during the State Police investigation that started May 7.  Despite the charges, Sheriff Staley had good things to say about his former detective.

"I believe his integrity was above board," Staley said. "He was a good employee. I believe he made a mistake and it happens."

Both Sheriff Staley and Lonoke County Prosecutor Chuck Graham say they are not aware of any cases -- past or present -- that will be jeopardized by the case against the Morgans.

Sheriff Staley says Steve Morgan's personnel file in Lonoke County is clear of any disciplinary action prior to this case.

Searching FOX16 archives, we did find that he resigned from the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office in 2010 after his stepson was charged in a double murder case. Although, he was never accused of any impropriety.
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