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LR Central official accused of harassing students

By Lee Hogan

This article was published April 16, 2013 at 1:10 p.m.


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A local high school official is scheduled to appear in court on accusations of misdemeanor harassment.

Central High School Assistant Principal Thomas McDonald, 55, turned himself in to Little Rock police Tuesday after he was issued warrants for five counts of misdemeanor harassment on a minor.

Officers were initially informed of the sexual misconduct accusations against McDonald on Dec. 13, police spokesman Sgt. Cassandra Davis said in an e-mail. Davis said detectives investigated the incident, but no arrests were made at the time.

The police report states two victims, both of whom are minors, reported the alleged misconduct to school security officers. The victims said McDonald made inappropriate comments to them, according to the police report.

The report states McDonald is accused of calling one of the minors out of the hallway on multiple occasions to ask about her sexual activity. The other victim told school officials that McDonald had approached her at school to comment on how "sexy" she and other girls were, the police report states.

The victims all recounted incidents when they say McDonald hugged them and brushed their backs, according to the report.

McDonald was immediately placed on administrative leave with pay in December, pending investigation into the accusations, the report states.

Prosecutors requested warrants for McDonald's arrest Tuesday, at which point he turned himself in to juvenile detectives, Davis said.

McDonald was issued a citation to appear in Little Rock Criminal Court on April 23, police documents show.

Read more in Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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