To some it may appear to be getting strange when Sequoyah County Commissioner Michael D. “Mike” Huff, 60, (pictured above) pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges in Arkansas and was sentenced to 10 days in the Sebastian County Detention Center and ordered to pay $490 in fines and court costs.
Usually when County Commissioners from Oklahoma enter either no contest or guilty pleas it’s to felony charges and in federal court in Oklahoma.
However, Sequoyah County Commissioner Mike Huff’s case is different than the typical case involving a county commissioner from Oklahoma, cases usually involving fraud and corruption.
Mike Huff was arrested on June 11th, in Fort Smith, Arkansas on misdemeanor charges of patronizing a prostitute and refusing to submit to arrest. This after he was busted in a prostitution sting conducted by the Fort Smith Police Department. Reportedly, five other “alleged john” were busted along with Huff during the sting.
It was alleged that Commissioner Huff took what he thought was a prostitute to the “Relax Inn”, a Fort Smith hotel, where he was subsequently busted. Huff was taken to the Sebastian County Detention Center from which he was released on a $2,500 bond.
On June 15th, Huff appeared for arraignment on the charges and entered a plea of not guilty. A court date was set for August 6th. On August 6th Huff appeared in Fort Smith District Court and entered his no contest plea.
Huff’s attorney Eddie Christian Sr. asked the judge to set Huff’s surrender date 30 days in the future. The judge ordered Huff to surrender to the Sebastian County Detention Center to begin serving his sentence on September 3rd.
Huff, who was was elected Sequoyah County District 3 Commissioner in 2006, is serving a four-year term.
Huff’s official duties include oversight of the Sequoyah County Jail. Since he will be getting a close up and personal look at how the folks in Arkansas run their jails, that might prove beneficial to the tax payers of Sequoyah County. If nothing else, he may at least come back with a clue.
In the mean time, Commissioner Huff might want to forget the “Viva Viagra” jingle and try to remember that he is married.
At least for the time being…