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    Former UCA chief of staff Jack Gillean charged with theft

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    CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) -- A former UCA Chief of Staff is accused of helping a student steal exams from locked offices on campus.

    Jack Gillean resigned from UCA back in June but authorities say while he worked there, he gave a master key to a student worker several times in the spring of 2011. That student, 24-year-old Cameron Stark worked in the President's Office at UCA at the time. He has been granted immunity and won't be charged but is cooperating with police.

    An affidavit filed by Prosecutor Cody Hiland alleges (.PDF)Gillean gave Stark his master key so the student could gain access to campus buildings after hours and steal exams. It goes on to allege at least one incident when Gillean accompanied Stark illegally into an office. Now, Gillean is facing multiple theft charges.

    "There were three counts of commercial burglary filed, one count of insurance fraud and one count of a misdemeanor fraudulent application for credit," says Hiland.

    Prosecutor Hiland also alleges in the affidavit that Stark borrowed Gillean's motorcycle later on in the spring semester of 2011 and wrecked it. After that, Gillean fired him from his student worker position and ended their friendship. In his insurance claim, Gillean said he wrecked the motorcycle in order to collect.

    Prosecutor Hiland says although they are serious allegations, there is no evidence the university did anything wrong.

    "All entities, all institutions have people that do bad things and in this case it is the individual's responsibility, not the institution's so that is who is being held responsible today," says Hiland.

    As for the fraudulent application for credit charge, the affidavit alleges Gillean also helped Stark get a loan for a car by saying the student earned $2,500 a month as the Assistant Chief of Staff for UCA.

    Gillean spent 16 years working for UCA and gave no reason for his resignation when he left the school in June.

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