Arkansas teacher charged with felony sexual assault for alleged inappropriate relationship with student

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The latest teacher sex scandal involves a 32-year-old teacher from Arkansas who allegedly had an inappropriate relationship with a student. The teacher has been hit with felony charges for the reported sexual misconduct with a student.

Heather Hare – a teacher at Bryant High School in a suburb of Little Rock, Arkansas – turned herself into the Saline County Detention Center on the morning of April 14. The Saline County Sheriff’s Office had a warrant for Hare’s arrest because detectives suspected her of engaging in sexual misconduct with a student.

Hare was charged with felony charges of first-degree sexual assault.

Hare was booked on Friday morning and her bond was set at $15,000. She was released around 1:30 p.m. on Friday.

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On April 1, Hare resigned from Bryant Public Schools.

The Bryant School District released a statement earlier this month regarding a teacher who had an illicit relationship with a student.

“Bryant Public Schools has been made aware of an allegation of inappropriate conduct by a Bryant High School teacher,” the statement read. “The teacher is no longer employed by the Bryant School District.”

“BPS takes all reports of employee misconduct very seriously. On Thursday, March 30, district administration learned of the allegations involving the teacher,” the statement from the school district said. “The allegations were immediately investigated and appropriate agencies, including law enforcement, were notified. As those agencies continue their investigations, many facts remain unknown.”

“Our expectation is for all students to be safe and supported,” the school district added. “Parents and students should always notify administration immediately with any information concerning the health and safety of students.”

The school district said it would “continue to cooperate with all appropriate agencies.”

Investigators are urging anyone with additional information about this case to contact the Bryant Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at (501) 942-0943.

Hare was featured in a “Good Morning America” segment in May 2020.

Hare’s students sent her a goodbye video because her Family Consumer Science class was being discontinued because of the pandemic.

Hare told “Good Morning America” about the viral video, “I immediately started bawling my eyes out. It was fun to see which face would pop up next.”

In recent months, there has been a rash of teachers and school staff arrested for indecent sexual relationships with students.

Hannah Marth, a 26-year-old high school javelin coach, was arrested this week for allegedly having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student for 17 months.

Two Virginia teachers were arrested last month for having sexual contact with male students.

A former teacher in Oklahoma allegedly stalked and groomed underage students. Serena Cator, 43, also reportedly sent nude photos to students and pursued boys who had dated her daughter.

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