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Ex-teacher gets 25 years for sex assault

By The Associated Press

This article was published April 24, 2014 at 7:38 a.m.

HARRISBURG — A jury has sentenced a former Trumann High School teacher to 25 years in prison after convicting him of sexual assaulting a then-15-year-old student and fathering her child.

The jury deliberated about three hours Wednesday before convicting 40-year-old Danny Akers of first-degree sexual assault and fourth-degree sexual assault. Akers, who taught English at Trumann High School, was arrested in February 2013 after an investigation by Trumann police.

The victim, who is now 18, testified that she got pregnant in September 2011 and had the baby in July 2012. An state Crime Laboratory report found there was a 99.99 percent probability that Akers was the father of the child.

Defense attorney Martin Lilly told The Jonesboro Sun that he's disappointed with the verdict and that they're considering an appeal.

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SUPERDUTY says... April 24, 2014 at noon

Like I have always heard, 15 will get you 50.

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Pacorabone says... April 24, 2014 at 12:11 p.m.

Disappointed with the verdict!… And considering an appeal?! Granted, I wasn't on the jury so I don't know all the facts. But what I do know seems to be pretty compelling. I am sick and tired of all these teachers preying on their students. The penalty should be high for abusing their position of authority.

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YoungHog says... April 24, 2014 at 12:32 p.m.

SUPERDUTY THAT IS FUNNY AS HEL. True 2.. GO HOGS

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