More charges for former Arkansas teacher, Nicole Winberry, charged with sexual assault

    1:53 PM, Feb 21, 2014   |    comments
    Nicole Winberry (Photo: Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington's Office)
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    OSCEOLA, Ark. (Dept. of Justice) - Additional charges have been made against a former teacher who had previously been charged with sexual assault.

    On Friday, Scott Ellington, Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas, filed additional felony charges against former Osceola High School teacher, Nicole Winberry, who was arrested in January and accused of inappropriate sexual contact with male students.

    In addition to the original four counts of first degree sexual assault, Ellington charged the 28-year-old of Paragould with three counts of transportation of minors for prohibited sexual conduct. All of the charges are class A felonies, punishable by six to 30 years in prison and a fine up to $15,000.

    According to Ellington's office, Winberry appeared in circuit court at Osceola Friday with her attorney, Bill W. Bristow of Jonesboro. Circuit Judge Victor Hill of West Memphis scheduled a pretrial date of April 1 and set trial for April 14-17.

    The state is represented by Ellington and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Catherine Palmer of Osceola.

    Winberry, then an Osceola High School math teacher, was arrested by Arkansas State Police on January 16 following a joint investigation between the ASP, Osceola Police Department, and the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division. The investigation began after the Child Abuse Hotline received a report that Winberry had engaged in sexual contact with at least one male student.

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