New allegations surface as former Senatobia officer starts new job

Arthur Avant

TUNICA COUNTY, Miss. — Two more victims have come forward saying a former Senatobia Police Officer made inappropriate contact with them when they were minors.

The Tate County Sheriff’s Department says they’re investigating the allegations against former officer Arthur Avant.

However, WREG’s learned Avant is already wearing a new badge in a different county. He’s been working as Tunica County Sheriff’s Deputy for a little over a week.

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Avant’s still being investigated for misconduct in Tate County where he worked as D.A.R.E. officer.

Like many in Tunica, Johnny Dickson thinks law enforcement should be held to a higher standard.

“They’re really supposed to be setting an example for the rest of the people to go by,” said Johnny Dickson who lives in Tunica.

But one new Tunica County Sheriff’s deputy already has controversy tied to his badge.

Deputy Arthur Avant was hired at the end of January, right after the Senatobia Police Department fired him for accusations of misconduct.

WREG obtained a letter sent to the city of Senatobia about Avant.

It says in part, “This sick individual uses his position as a law enforcement officer to gain the trust of young females.”

It goes on to say, “He has been caught sending indecent pictures of himself to a child.”

“You don’t know until the investigation’s completely over, but the way it sounds, it doesn’t make it look good,” said Daniel Walker who lives in Tunica.

The Tunica County Sheriff’s Office said Avant’s record only showed a complaint filed against him involving a former girlfriend and nothing involving a child.

They didn’t want to comment on Friday about the new accusations.

“This is one of the few towns that you let your kids run around and I don’t think we need somebody out praying on minors, or anybody,” said Walker.

Walker said he hopes the Sheriff’s Department will make the right decision once the investigation wraps up.

This is an active investigation and no charges have been filed against him.