Former youth counselor arrested on child pornography charges


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A counselor for the Centers for Youth and Families has been fired after being arrested and charged with 10 counts of possessing child pornography.

64-year-old Donald Alvin Hale was booked Friday shortly before 9:00 p.m.

He is being held on a $200,000 bond.

Hale was a counselor for children aged 8 to 17.

According to an arrest disposition report, police executed a search and seizure warrant at Hale’s home on Rodney Parham Road.

There they found what is described as at least 10 pornographic images of children.

The Centers for Youth and Families released the following statement:

“Donald Hale has been terminated by Centers for Youth & Families.His alleged actions that led to arrest are in stark contrast with the values of Centers.  As part of our hiring procedures, Hale was subject to a criminal background check upon hire, and to ongoing background checks during his employ, all of which revealed no criminal history or arrest record. While we respect the legal process, we terminated Mr. Hale immediately upon notification by law enforcement of his arrest.  Centers is cooperating fully with law enforcement as these very serious charges are investigated.  Given that the investigation is ongoing, we will refrain from further public comment at this time.”

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