Newport, Ark. (12/19/19)— Mark Holland, age 54, of Heber Springs, Arkansas, a 19 year veteran Arkansas State Trooper, resigned today. He had been assigned to the Highway Patrol Division, Troop B, headquartered at Newport. Colonel Bill Bryant, Director of the Arkansas State Police, accepted the resignation.
Immediately after submitting the letter of resignation, Holland was arrested by Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation and transported to the Independence County Jail, where bond was set at $5,000.
Holland faces criminal charges that include 18 counts of violating laws limiting access and use of information or records retained by the Arkansas Crime Information Center.
The laws prohibit access and use of the records for non-law enforcement purposes. Using information gained from the records in the furtherance of committing other crimes is a Class D felony.
Additionally, Holland is charged with terroristic threatening and stalking, also Class D felonies.
The state police investigation alleges that Holland unlawfully accessed the ACIC database and used information from the database to contact an Independence County woman, whom he had stalked and made statements that formed the basis of terroristic threatening.
The Arkansas State Police first became aware of the allegations involving Holland last Friday (December 13th). At that time the Criminal Investigation Division initiated a criminal investigation. Holland was simultaneously placed on paid administrative leave.
“As law enforcement officers, we are expected by the public, and even among ourselves as protectors of the public, to live by standards both privately and professionally that exceed the principles of all others. I am both saddened and disappointed that someone who was among the ranks of the Arkansas State Police now stands accused of these crimes, but it is heartening to know we acted promptly to find the facts and present the evidence to the prosecuting attorney and court to hold this person accountable.”Colonel Bill Bryant, Director of the Arkansas State Police