Prosecutors not pursuing charges against ES resident
By Scott Loftis
A Eureka Springs resident who was arrested earlier this year and accused of filing a false police report will not face prosecution, at least for the time being.
Carroll County prosecuting attorney Tony Rogers said Thursday, Aug. 6, that charges against Jessica Porter had been “nol prossed.”
Nolle prosequi is a legal term meaning that prosecutors no longer intend to pursue charges against a defendant. It is not an acquittal, and prosecutors can decide to bring charges later.
Porter was arrested by a Carroll County Sheriff’s Office deputy on Jan. 8. According to an affidavit, Porter told a deputy on Nov. 24, 2019, that an unknown male had attacked Porter with a hammer at the Statue Road Inn in Eureka Springs.
On Dec. 11, the affidavit says, Porter sent a photo of a man to an investigator and said the man was the person who committed the alleged assault.
Investigators looking into Porter’s allegations discovered that the man Porter identified had been in jail in another county since August.
An investigator then spoke with another witness who said Porter had texted a photo of the alleged assailant and instructed the witness to lie to investigators and say that the man in the photograph attacked Porter, the affidavit says.
Porter was arrested on charges of filing a false police report and tampering with an investigation.