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Authorities allege Kenneth Dewitt had sex with the prisoners during 2013 and 2014

By Chris Harris
Updated December 18, 2015 12:30 PM
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A former chaplain who counseled convicts at an Arkansas women’s prison is facing 50 counts of sexual assault stemming from allegations levied by three inmates who all say they regularly had sex with the cleric.

A spokeswoman for prosecutor Henry Boyce’s office confirms to PEOPLE that charges were filed on Thursday against 67-year-old Kenneth Dewitt.

Arkansas authorities have not yet detained Dewitt, but officials say that his attorney assures them his client will turn himself in shortly.

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A statement from Boyce on the charges alleges that the three inmates claimed they had unlawful “sexual contact” with Dewitt during all of 2013 and most of 2014.

Dewitt resigned from his position at McPherson Women’s Unit in Newport, Arkansas, back in September of 2014.

An arrest affidavit states that Dewitt left his post soon after prison officials learned of the alleged liaisons.

Dewitt’s attorney, Jeff Rosenzweig, did not return PEOPLE’s calls seeking comment.