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Ex-school employee pleads guilty

A former Clinton School District employee is heading for prison.

Kevin A. Widener, 35, accepted a plea deal on a charge of sexual assault-second degree in Van Buren County Circuit Court last week. He was sentenced to 48 months in the Arkansas Department of Correction and 60 months suspended.

Widener, who worked for the school district but was not a teacher, was accused of pulling an underage girl out of class and assaulting her in a boys’ restroom. He was charged with sexual assault-second degree in April 2012.

The case of another former Clinton school employee was set for plea on April 1. Lance Campbell, 31, was charged last May with sexual assault-first degree in a case involving an underage girl. In June, he was charged with possessing material depicting child sex. At the time of his arrest, Campbell was a junior high school coach and teacher at Clinton.

Also in Judge Charles E. Clawson’s courtroom Tuesday:

• Rosendo Ross Meek, 27, was set for pretrial on May 30. Meek charged with criminal trespass and manslaughter. He is accused of punching Clinton businessman and attorney Brett Blakney in May 2012 outside Blakney’s downtown restaurant. Blakney died several hours later in the emergency room of Ozark Health Medical Center.

• Local businessman Steven R. Nunley, 52, requested a jury trial in his case. He was charged in October with possession of drug paraphernalia-meth cocaine. Clawson set a trial date of Aug. 13, 2013, for Nunley.

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