Scott Pillow, a former state trooper and until this week a lieutenant in the Greene County sheriff’s office, apparently faces a federal charge in Little Rock and has been fired as a deputy, KAIT reports.
The report says Pillow will face an indictment on a public corruption charge. KAIT says the charge relates to theft of public funds. He was demoted and left the State Police over complaints about his work on-duty, including excessive force complaints. The TV station says he’s been released from custody on a variety of conditions.
The specifics of the charge have not yet been released by the U.S. attorney’s office.
UPDATE: The Democrat-Gazette obtained an arrest affidavit that indicates the FBI suspected he was dirty and targeted him in a sting operation in which Pillow took a portion of money (about $30,000) he’d been told was associated with a drug deal in Tennessee. He was under surveillance and agents later searched his home.
Thursday afternoon, the U.S. attorney announced the indictment following Pillow’s arraignment. He was charged with theft of federal property.