LITTLE ROCK, Ark.– The Little Rock School District confirmed a now former Pulaski County Youth Services after-school program director accused of raping a 14-year-old boy was a substitute teacher at a school just last week.
On Monday officials with Pulaski County told us they have fired 27-year-old George Haney while he sat in jail facing 2 counts of rape.
North Little Rock Police said the victim was a 14-year-old boy.
On Sunday Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde said the program Haney ran had about 30 kids enrolled. Pulaski County’s communication director Cozetta Jones told us on Monday the program that runs out of Second Baptist Church has about 100 kids enrolled.
We caught up with some of those parents as they picked up their kids Monday evening.
Veronica Malvin said her 10-year-old daughter has gone to the program for about 3 years.
She said, “I’ve met him occasionally when I was picking up my daughter but because he doesn’t work with her age group or with the girls it was just in passing. In speaking (he was a) very nice young man (and) very well mannered.”
Other parents we talked with off-camera on Monday told us the same thing.
Malvin said, “At that time I was deeply saddened. A little fear tried to grip me at the time.”
We sat down with Pulaski County’s communications director Cozetta Jones Monday afternoon to learn more about their background checks.
Jones said, “We are all shocked. We really are. H passed all the background checks.”
She said counselors will be at the program on Tuesday to talk with the kids.
We reported Sunday that Judge Hyde told us Haney passed a background check this past June. We learned from Jones that Haney did not have a background check this year but that it is not a yearly requirement according to their current policy for his position.
She said, “Actually he was hired in August 2016 and that’s when the background check was done. There wasn’t another done in June.”
North Little Rock Police arrested the 27-year-old in the parking lot of the Pike View Early Childhood Center early Saturday morning on two counts of rape. Police said he was with his victim, a 14-year-old boy, in the backseat of a car. CLICK for Original Report
Jones said, “We have a background check for criminal, for adult maltreatment, child maltreatment, as well as sex offender registry. He passed all 4 of those.”
She said the county is looking at if additional background checks need to be completed or if their policy needs to be adjusted.
We reported on Sunday Haney was also a substitute teacher.
On Monday Little Rock School District Spokesperson Pamela Smith confirmed to our reporter Price McKeon that Haney substitute taught at 3 different LRSD schools since August 2017.
LRSD said according to records he was a substitute teacher in August 2017 at Dunbar Magnet Middle School, on October 12th at Forest Heights STEM Academy, on November 2nd at Horace Mann Arts and Science Magnet Middle School, and on November 3rd and 6th at Forest Heights STEM Academy.
Forest Heights STEM Academy enrolls kids from kindergarten through 8th grade.
According to the dates given to us by LRSD, Haney was in a classroom less than a week before his arrest.
Malvin said she will continue to send her child to the after-school program because she feels they have responded promptly.
She said, “I prayed about it and went to work the next pondering in my head ‘how are we going to handle this situation? ‘How are they going to handle this situation?'”
Everyone we spoke with that knew Haney said this is a situation they never expected.
We found out LRSD hired Haney through a company called Willsub. North Little Rock School District and Pulaski County Special School District also confirmed to us they use Willsub to find substitute teachers. NLRSD and PCSSD said Haney has not and will not sub at their schools.
We reached out to Willsub for a comment and have not heard back as of Monday night.
According to the Pulaski County Jail’s website, Haney’s bond was set at $100,000 on Monday.