A former Benton County deputy and former Springdale Police officer has pleaded guilty to one felony count of tampering with a witness and a misdemeanor count of release of unauthorized information.
Robert Hendrix was sentenced to six years probation and 120 hours (15 eight-hour days) of community service that needs to be completed in the next three years.
In 2016, Hendrix was investigated for using Justice Exchange for a private investigation service.
According to the arrest affidavit, Justice Exchange is a database that allows law enforcement to obtain sensitive information like social security numbers, addresses, drivers license photos and date of birth.
Hendrix was investigated for using a Benton County Sheriff's Office account for Justice Exchange for his private investigation service called One Twin Legal Services.
When questioned by the Benton County Sheriff's Office, Hendrix admitted to using the service for personal gain.
Hendrix was fired from the Benton County Sheriff's Office in 2014 and continued to use his BCSO login for Justice Exchange. Records show Hendrix was charging customers $100 to look up information on Justice Exchange.
No doubt Hendrix will have his Private Investigation license revoked by the state.
***UPDATE - 5/29/17***
Apparently the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has a snarky sense of humor. In a story posted on their website this morning about how law enforcement agencies in NW Arkansas are getting prepared to deal with medical marijuana, they ran a photo of a Springdale police officer. That officer is now a former police officer and convicted felon and the subject of this post, Robert Hendrix.
|FROM THE WEB PAGE OF THE ARDEMGAZ - ArkansasOnline.com|