- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

HARTFORD, S.D. (AP) - A Hartford City Council member who resigned in the wake of a police investigation will not face criminal charges.

A community group accused Doyle Johnson of reading a possibly fraudulent email at a council meeting, disparaging the group. Falsification of a public record by a public official is punishable by up to a year in jail under state law.

Minnehaha County State’s Attorney Aaron McGowan on Thursday said Johnson’s alleged actions “do not clearly fall within our criminal statues regarding false entries into a public record.” McGowan says he considers the matter closed.

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