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Rep. Womack's son arrested on parole violation

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BENTON COUNTY (40/29 News) - The son of U.S. Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) has been arrested and is being held in the Benton County Jail without bond.

Our ABC station in Northwest Arkansas, 40/29 News, reports 24-year-old James Philip Womack was arrested on a parole violation Friday.

Congressman Steve Womack released the following statement:

Today, our son, Philip, was taken into custody by Benton County authorities for a technical violation of his parole. There are no new charges.
As many know, this has been an ongoing struggle for Philip and he understands that there are consequences to his actions.
Our family is encouraged by the steps he has taken to turn himself around and, despite this setback, will continue to support him in getting the assistance he needs.

Mark Bernthal, the director of the Benton County Parole Office, said Philip Womack violated one of the 12 conditions of his parole.

"I can tell you that it's nothing major," said Bernthal.

Bernthal did not cite specific reasons Womack was arrested on a parole violation. He said Womack would be offered an opportunity to spend time at the Technical Violators Program in Malvern.

"He'll likely take the opportunity," said Bernthal.

Philip Womack pleaded guilty to conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance after he was arrested in an incident involving 6 grams of methamphetamine in 2011. He attended a prison boot camp program, as recommended by prosecutors, instead of serving a full 10-year sentence.

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