Former prison chaplain sentenced in sexual assault case

A former Arkansas women's prison chaplain accused of coercing inmates into sex acts has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce says 67-year-old Kenneth Dewitt was sentenced Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court. DeWitt pleaded guilty in July to three counts of sexual assault.

Dewitt used to be the prison chaplain at the Arkansas Department of Correction's McPherson Women's Unit. He resigned in September 2014 after acknowledging a sexual relationship with a subordinate in the chaplain's office.

A subsequent Arkansas State Police investigation uncovered three female inmates with whom Dewitt had sexual relations while he was chaplain.