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Video: Guy-Perkins superintendent arrested

Posted: January 10, 2013 - 12:57pm
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David Westenhover, superintendent of Guy-Perkins Public Schools, was arrested by Faulkner County sheriff’s deputies around noon Thursday after reporting to the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division on South Donaghey Avenue.

A warrant was issued Wednesday for Westenhover's arrest following a three-month investigation related to stolen weapons and property.

Westenhover, whose salary is listed as $93,078 in the school district's profile, attended the CID office in his own vehicle Thursday. About 25 minutes after he entered the building, he was escorted outside in handcuffs by two officers and placed into the back of a police vehicle.

He declined media comment.

Westenhover was detained for questioning on school property Nov. 7 before students were released for the day.

The superintendent said in a phone interview Nov. 8 that he was handcuffed at the school and transported by Faulkner County Sheriff's Office.

"They put on quite a show," he said in the earlier interview. "I'm not going to comment because my attorney wants me to be quiet. I can't comment on it right now."

Westenhover said when he was detained Nov. 7, he was uncuffed once he arrived at the CID office. He said he was not arrested, but was taken in for questioning.

Reports from police agencies on Westenhover's possible arrest or detainment on Nov. 7 were conflicting.

Sergeant David Hall, head of CID, said Westenhover was not arrested and came to the division voluntarily.

"As far as I know, he was never a target of the investigation, it was his son. They live in the same mobile home," Hall said in an earlier interview.

According to investigators, Westenhover was brought in Nov. 7 for questioning after deputies executed a search warrant at the superintendent’s home on school grounds.

The search warrant stemmed from an investigation into a local residential burglary, FCSO Capt. Matt Rice said Thursday.

According to Rice, it is alleged that Westenhover was in possession of one or more weapons stolen from another residence. He declined comment on the caliber or type of weapons recovered from the scene.

"We also believe that his son was involved and he was trying to help cover that up," Rice said.

He was transported to Faulkner County jail, where he was held on a $6,000 bond.

Westenhover is charged with theft by receiving, a Class D felony, hindering apprehension, a Class A misdemeanor, and aiding consummation of offense, a Class D felony.

Prosecutor Cody Hiland said the case is still under review and additional charges may be forthcoming.

 "We were presented with evidence by the FCSO that we believe constituted probable cause that the crime of theft by receiving and hindering prosecution was committed by the defendant. Unfortunately, in this case the defendant was in a position of trust and authority in one of our local schools," Hiland said. "Anytime an individual is prosecuted, it's important to remember that its not a reflection on the institution they were serving but on the individual.  I know many of the men and women that diligently serve our community in that school district and I'm confident they will continue to go about the business of educating their students and moving past this unfortunate distraction."

Westenhover became superintendent at Guy-Perkins School District in 2008 after three years as principal of Guy-Perkins High School. Before he became principal at Guy, he was an elementary principal in the Lead Hill School District in Boone County.

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BuzzBy
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BuzzBy 01/10/13 - 01:29 pm
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Round them up and lock them up these are NOT the kind of people we want watching over our children. Quick before the governor gives them a high paying job @ UCA.

mikeng1994
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mikeng1994 01/10/13 - 04:33 pm
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Poor Guy

Just trying to help his kid out.

mikeng1994
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mikeng1994 01/10/13 - 07:49 pm
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This is what gets posted when

This is what gets posted when I leave my account logged in at work. Dang those guys.

His kid was a low life and I would never helped him if he were mine.

reader
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reader 01/11/13 - 08:31 am
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mikeng1994
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mikeng1994 01/11/13 - 01:18 pm
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Thanks Reader, the guys here

Thanks Reader, the guys here at work found it very amusing!!!

MRFIXIT
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MRFIXIT 01/10/13 - 05:24 pm
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i live in this town and i

i live in this town and i know of three people in the last few months that have been roobed including me its about time someone does something

Clell
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Clell 01/10/13 - 07:14 pm
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Now that's bad

Ain't nothing worse than being 'roobed'.

Virgil
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Virgil 01/10/13 - 05:26 pm
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Perhaps a deeper

Perhaps a deeper investigation into school funds should be conducted as boys were reported to have been wearing girls jerseys with tape across the "lady" during a cross country meet. Just this year 28,000 dollars were raised for their athletic program. Where did that money go?

thewhizer
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thewhizer 01/10/13 - 07:05 pm
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perhaps a deeper

Its been reported that Virgil was seen stealing last night at the 7-11 store downtown..

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concernedguyresident 01/10/13 - 08:00 pm
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As a concerned Guy resident,

As a concerned Guy resident, I cannot understand how the school board members made the decision to retain this man instead of choosing a suspension for the last 90 days or at least until the issue was resolved. This has endangered all of our children on a daily basis without even allowing the parents of school children to speak out without being on the agenda for the school board meetings to offer an opinion on this matter. These are the people that we have chosen to make the best decisions for our children and their safety while in school. Aren't we smart? What if Mr. Westenhoover or his son had chosen to take one of the stolen firearms and walk into the school and use the weapon on our children. I truly believe that each school board member should be so very ashamed of themselves for not considering how endangered our children have been with this man in charge. Everyone in the community has been aware of the on going investigation and have questioned why nothing was done. Why he was allowed to be the leader of our school system with these alleged charges hanging over his head.
I have also been broken into and have had property stolen different times in the last 6 months. No one has been arrested or questioned, to my knowledge, by the Guy police or the Faulkner County Sheriff's dept.How sad that town this small can have so many break-ins with weapons being stolen and one of our community leaders is arrested for being involved. It is a matter of time before someone is badly hurt or killed and it seems as if our elected leaders that are in the position to help the situation are afraid to stand up and take charge. It may be time for the citizens to stand up and take charge.

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