Fayetteville Athletic Director Resigns After Internet Stalking of Child Arrest

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FAYETTEVILLE, AR — The Fayetteville Schools Athletic Director has resigned after being arrested for Internet stalking of a child earlier this week.

Fayetteville Schools Superintendent Vicki Thomas received and accepted the resignation of athletic director Barry Gebhart on Friday. His resignation is effective immediately.

“We have taken every step available to us under Arkansas law to deal with this situation and have followed the procedures to the letter, including the Arkansas Teacher Fair Dismissal Act. It is now a police matter, and we are cooperating with them fully,” Thomas said in a statement issued Friday.

Benton County Deputies arrested the Fayetteville High School athletic director after investigators say he tried to set up a sexual encounter with a detective posing online as an underage girl.

According to an affidavit, authorities arrested Gebhart after he arrived at a Rogers shopping mall for a meeting set up by undercover officers. Deputies say he was in a school SUV at the time of the arrest.

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