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State Representative's Husband Arrested In Perry County

Ted and Mary Bentley at the state Capitol.

There's evidently some trouble in the Perry County home of state Representative Mary Bentley. Law enforcement arrested her husband Ted on Sunday morning for allegedly violating an order of protection. The Petit Jean Country Headlight newspaper (paywall) reports Mary Bentley took out an order of protection against Ted on December 6th. Deputy Danny Story told the paper Mrs. Bentley has filed for divorce. 

The Headlight article says the Perry County Sheriff's office arrived at the Bentley home at 10 p.m. Saturday night. Mrs. Bentley had called to report her husband banging on the door. He was back the next morning at 6 a.m. Officers caught up with him at 10 a.m. Sunday at a gas station near Williams Junction.

Back in 2015 Ted Bentley had a run in with a different law enforcement agency involving hunting practices in the Ouachita National Forest. At the time, Rep. Bentley suggested to Game and Fish officers that its budget could be threatened as a result of interfering with her husband. The Arkansas Times reported on the dispute with Game and Fish in 2015.

Bentley is serving her second term in the Arkansas House of Representatives. The Republican lawmaker represents District 73 which includes portions of Yell, Pope, Perry, and Conway counties.

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