Update: Arrest Made in Alleged Teacher-Student Sexual Assault Investigation in Mayflower

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Update: 

MAYFLOWER, Ark. – Police have made an arrest in connection to an incident involving alleged sexual contact between a student and teacher. 

The Mayflower Police Department (MPD) says the arrest was made Tuesday evening. 

MPD nor the Mayflower School District have yet to confirm the identity of the arrested teacher, but jail records show Jessica Kaplan, 31, a Mayflower art teacher, was taken into custody. 

Kaplan has been charged with First Degree Sexual Assault and is being held on a $30,000 bond at the Faulkner County Jail. 

Original story: 

MAYFLOWER, Ark. – An alleged sexual assault involving a teacher and a student is being investigated by the Mayflower Police Department (MPD).

No arrest has yet been made, or any other information released.

Here is a statement on the investigation MPD issued on Tuesday afternoon. 

In order to calm any fears or concerns being expressed by Mayflower Residents, Students, and Parents, we felt it necessary for the Mayflower Police Department to issue the following statement on behalf of our current ongoing investigation into the matter set forth below. On Monday May 14, 2018, the School Resource Officer was informed about an incident which allegedly involved sexual contact between a Mayflower High School student and a teacher employed within the Mayflower School District.

Upon gathering further details from the reporting party, our School Resource Officer forwarded the case information to the Mayflower Police Departments’ Criminal Investigations Department. Upon their review of the provided information, a case file was created in reference to the reported incident and will be thereafter submitted to the Faulkner County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review. No arrests have made as of the release of this statement.

When further information becomes available and in which that information would not compromise or have the potential to compromise any portion of the case or its further investigation, it will be released when possible. We understand the legal process is sometimes uncomfortable and does not appear to be time efficient. But we have a duty to abide by all applicable laws and rules of criminal procedure when processing all matters of alleged criminal activity. We would appreciate the public’s patience during this time.

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