In addition to former student Cameron Stark, prosecutors in the criminal case against former University of Central Arkansas Chief of Staff Jack Gillean granted immunity to three other current or former students, according to court documents.
Gillean faces five counts of commercial burglary, one count of fraudulent insurance acts and one misdemeanor count of issuing a false financial statement. The ex-university official is accused of giving his master key to Stark who is accused of using the key to break into the university to steal exams and prescription medication.
Gillean resigned days after former assistant director of financial aid for scholarships Andrew Linn filed a complaint June 11, 2012, stating medication was taken from his drawer in his office.
UCA police said in July 2012 that Gillean’s master key was used to enter university buildings, months after the former chief of staff reported the key missing.
Prosecutors have granted Stark, a key witness in the case, immunity, however, court documents show three other students have also been granted immunity.
A June 2013 filing by the prosecution list James Santiago, Jared Santiago and Stephanie Paladino, along with Stark, as receiving immunity agreements.
Jared Santiago and Paladino are both former students, while James Santiago is still enrolled at UCA, according to university spokesperson Fredricka Sharkey.
The same filing shows prosecutors have 14 audio-recorded interviews as evidence, including interviews with Stark, both Santiagos, Paladino and Linn, who was fired after an investigation showed inappropriate actions regarding scholarships awarded to Stark.
Evidentiary items also show voluntary witness statements from Stark, Paladino and Linn, among others.
According to the prosecution’s filing, various items relating to Stark are a part of evidence, including a photo of him entering McCastlin Hall in June 2012, Stark’s phone and downloaded messages, and his school transcript. Cell Biology tests from Paladino are also listed under evidence, the filing shows.
Gillean faces trial on five burglary counts in March 2014 in Van Buren County. Jury selection for the trial is scheduled for March 6-7 with the trial to take place March 10-14.
The trial was moved from Faulkner County due to pretrial publicity. Gillean will face trial on the remaining two charges following completion of the March 2014 trial.
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