NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark.– A director for one of Pulaski County Youth Service’s after-school programs was booked into the Pulaski County Jail after police say he raped a 14-year-old boy in North Little Rock.
North Little Rock Police arrested 27-year-old George Haney early Saturday morning on two counts of rape.
Police did not comment how the victim and the suspect knew each other.
We met Bobby Anthony Sunday evening. He lives about a block from where NLR police said they made the arrest.
He said, “Oh that’s just about enough to make you sick.”
The PD said they made the arrest in the parking lot at 441 McCain Boulevard which is the address for Pike View Early Childhood Center.
Anthony said, “I couldn’t hardly believe that. Like I said there’s never been no trouble around here.”
Haney’s arrest report read that around 11:30 Friday night an officer saw a car with “fogged up” window backed in at the McCain address. The report detailed that in the backseat the officer found the suspect and the victim. NLR PD confirmed to us Sunday the victim is a 14-year-old boy.
Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde confirmed to our reporter Price McKeon that Haney is a director for one of the county’s after-school programs that runs out of Second Baptist Church on John Barrow Road in Little Rock.
Anthony said, “And that guy works for youth services? Ain’t make no sense stuff like that.”
Judge Hyde said Haney has been suspended due to his arrest. He said the 27-year-old has worked for the county’s youth services for about 2 years and passed the background checks performed yearly. Hyde said the most recent background check was done this past June.
Judge Hyde told our reporter on the phone, “We are taking it very seriously.”
He said they are conducting their own investigation in addition to the police investigation.
He said, “(The county judge) Is very very concerned and the director of youth services is very concerned that this individual has been working in one of our after-school programs.”
The after-school program has about 30 kids enrolled, according to Hyde.
“We currently don’t have any reason to expect that there was (inappropriate contact) with our students because there are other adults that are involved in the program every day,” the judge said.
We learned from Hyde that the department believes Haney is also a substitute teacher. He said they have reported that information to police.
Anthony said, “Like I said we’ve never had no trouble around here. But there’s no sense in stuff like that.”
Hyde said on Monday the county’s youth services will contact children psychologist about how they should proceed with the department’s investigation.
He also told us the county will review the background check policy and procedure.
According to the Pulaski County Jail’s website on Sunday, Haney has no bond set as of Sunday night.
Judge Hyde said all parents whose children may have had contact with Haney will be contacted on Monday. He said any questions by parents can be directed to the county’s youth services at 501-340-8305.