In Augusta, a teacher is under investigation and that teacher, who has a second job with the city of Cotton Plant, could be facing criminal charges.
Today’s THV is not releasing his name because he is not under arrest. However, we have confirmed with the Augusta School District that the teacher has been suspended for allegations of sexual misconduct with two female students.
Superintendent Richard Blevins says a junior and senior complained the teacher made inappropriate sexual comments to them, among other things Blevins would not detail.
The superintendent spoke with the teacher and the girls and says he felt there is enough truth to the story to suspend him.
This is the teacher's 27th year as an educator, and his third at Augusta High School.
Arkansas State Police say they have an open investigation but cannot comment any further until charges are filed.
Bertha Byers, a former colleague of the teacher, says, “I was very shocked to hear about it. Very saddened and I don't believe in this. I know him well enough to say I don't believe this happened and it frustrated me.”
The teacher also has a job with the city of Cotton Plant, where he's been for 15 years. Mayor Ronnie Conley says he will not face any disciplinary action unless he is arrested.
The superintendent is asking that the school board to terminate the teacher's contract. If that happens, Today’s THV is told the teacher will appeal that decision.