Although Tad Honeycutt's recent legal issues have complicated his personal life, he still has an important job to do as an elected member of the Hesperia City Council. And as long as he is able to fulfill those duties, he should be allowed to do so.

By law, an elected official has the right to stay in office if he has been indicted and charged with a crime, as Honeycutt was when he was recently arrested - and later released on bail - regarding the California Charter Academy probe. In America, a person charged with a crime is regarded as innocent. A conviction, however, would certainly change that.

Three weeks ago, just after he was released from jail, Honeycutt missed a council meeting. But so did Mayor Pro Tem Mike Leonard, who was on a pre-scheduled vacation.

We are watching closely. If Honeycutt, or any councilmember, is unable to serve due to conflicts with personal commitments, we will certainly suggest that elected official step down.

Right now, however, just let Honeycutt have his day in court.