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Bryant teacher to be charged with sexual assault

By David Harten

This article was published October 2, 2012 at 4:27 p.m.

Courtney Speer

A Bryant school teacher who recently resigned will be charged with sexual assault, authorities said Tuesday in a news release.

According to a release from the Bryant Police Department, former ninth grade English teacher Courtney Speer will be formally charged with four counts of sexual assault, a Class A felony, and is set to turn herself in to authorities Wednesday morning at the Saline County jail.

Speer resigned from her position with the Bryant School District on Monday.

Investigators spoke with the victim, a 17-year-old male student who is also from Bryant, and brought charges against Speer after the student said he had engaged in sexual intercourse with her on four separate occasions in the Bryant High School parking lot. The student said the first encounter occurred in June.

The student also told investigators he previously had Speer as a teacher in the ninth grade.

Speer was initially supposed to meet with investigators Tuesday afternoon, but has since retained an attorney. She also faces charges out of the Benton Police Department, according to the release.

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MenLR2 says... October 2, 2012 at 6:04 p.m.

"the victim, a 17-year-old male student " ..... Just Sayin' it can't be so...

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charliebrown717 says... October 2, 2012 at 8:54 p.m.

well not taking up for the teach...even though he is a minor...if i'm not mistaken consentual sex here in arkansas is age 17...for male or female...even though they are still a minor..

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JoeSmith22 says... October 3, 2012 at 6:36 a.m.

You are mistaken, CharlieBrown.

Arkansas Code 5-14-103. Sexual Assault First Degree:
(A) A person commits sexual assault in the first degree if the actor engages in sexual intercourse or
deviate sexual activity with another person, not the person's spouse, who is less than eighteen (18) years
of age and the actor:
(1) Is employed with the Department of Correction, Department of Community Punishment,
Department of Human Services, any city or county jail or juvenile detention facility, and the victim
is in the custody of the Department of Correction, Department of Community Punishment,
Department of Human Services, any city or county jail, or juvenile detention facility, or their
contractors or agents; or
(2) Is a professional under Arkansas Code 12-12-507(b) and is in a position of trust or authority
over the victim and uses the position to engage in sexual intercourse or deviate sexual activity; or
(3) Is an employee in the victim's school or school district, a temporary caretaker, or a person in
a position of trust or authority over the victim. It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this
subdivision that the actor was not more than three (3) years older than the victim.
(B) Is it no defense to prosecution that the victim consented to the conduct.
(C) Sexual assault in the first degree is a Class A felony.

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Poorboy says... October 3, 2012 at 7:16 a.m.

No way she should be charged with a felony. Did she break up with him and make him mad enough to tell on her? Movies and romance novels were written about this scenario. IF he had been 14, I would agree with the law.

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Azanon says... October 3, 2012 at 7:21 a.m.

Actually, it's choice C - the age of consent in Arkansas is 16, believe it or not. However, the statute listed by JoeSmith22 applies in this specific case, and itemizes exceptions to the default Arkansas age of consent. Like it or not, that is our law.

That being said, I'm sure this male 17 year old is devastated this happened. It must have been torturous. When I think of "assault", I must confess this is not exactly the image that forms in my mind. She must be really strong. I digress.

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SoonerHawg says... October 3, 2012 at 7:44 a.m.

...but if it was a male teacher and a 17-year-old female student in a "consensual" relationship....then how would you all feel?

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JuanCarlosEspinoza says... October 3, 2012 at 8:18 a.m.

Sigh... I used to dream about my French teacher. Ma chere amour...

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PenLR says... October 3, 2012 at 8:35 a.m.

Teachers cannot sleep with students regardless of consent. No matter how pretty she is, it is still a crime. Since the boy was 17, I guess she does not count as a pedophile.

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JIMBOB47 says... October 3, 2012 at 9:11 a.m.

Should be 'entrapment'.. He was probably ticked off when she said 'enough is enough'. Been going on since June? Why didn't he cry 'rape' in June?

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HalALouyah says... October 3, 2012 at 9:58 a.m.

I guess they didn't get it right the first time so they had to do it 3 more times. Poor kid is going to scarred for the rest of his life

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