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Governor taps Turner for state sex offender assessment committee

Submitted information | For The Arkadelphian

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has selected Clark County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Turner to serve on the Arkansas Sex Offender Assessment Committee. Among other things, the committee is charged with promulgating guidelines and procedures for disclosure of relevant information to the public when necessary for public protection. 

Clark County Prosecutor Dan Turner

Turner, who is the elected Prosecuting Attorney for the Ninth-East Judicial District, has spearheaded several sex offense prosecutions this year including a jury trial over possession of child pornography in which a jury imposed a 450-year sentence. Turner was also recently appointed as Special Prosecutor for the Ninth-West Judicial District in order to manage the prosecution of an offender who was charged with various sex offenses involving minor children in two different counties. That prosecution led to the imposition of 39 life sentences plus over 1,000 years of jail time for the offender. 

Turner stated that he was honored by the governor’s appointment. “I am proud to serve the public in this capacity and look forward to working with this committee for the protection of our children and communities,” he said.