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story.lead_photo.caption 34-year-old Katherine Flory of Atkins

Authorities say an employee at an Arkansas school has been arrested in the sexual assault of a student.

Atkins Police Chief Stephen Pack said his department began investigating Katherine Flory after word spread that the 34-year-old may be having a sexual relationship with a student, who is now 18. The chief confirmed Tuesday that Flory works at the Atkins School District.

On Oct. 13, Pack submitted his case to the county prosecutor.

That same day, the Atkins School District placed an employee on paid administrative leave, after being “notified that allegations had been made against the employee,” Atkins School District Superintendent Joe Fisher said Tuesday.

On Monday, Flory was arrested on a first-degree sexual assault charge, according to Pope County jail records. She was released on $2,500 bond later that day. Flory's next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 18.

The investigation is ongoing.

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  • gagewatcher
    November 14, 2017 at 2:10 p.m.

    Shame on her.

  • RTT
    November 14, 2017 at 2:21 p.m.

    Flory story predatory allegory on preparatory territory, amore w/boy, makes worry.

  • LR1955
    November 14, 2017 at 3:26 p.m.

    I️t takes 2 to tango.

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    November 14, 2017 at 5:57 p.m.

    you always got to denigrate the seriousness of female on male dont you media?

    "Who is now 18"

    nobody gives flying damn in this land of equality.
    get your sick thirsty daughters off our school boards.

  • TheBatt
    November 15, 2017 at 7:07 a.m.

    Teachers/school staff having sex with students is either ok or wrong. The gender of either is irrelevant.

    Be consistent

  • DEE672
    November 15, 2017 at 10:42 a.m.

    Sexual "assault" of a male student ??? Enticement maybe but assault doesn't sound right. How old was he? He is 18 now but how old then? She looks really sick physically and probably mentally. It is unusual for a female to force sex on a male since there are endless willing partners out there.

  • LR1955
    November 17, 2017 at 6:13 a.m.

    D, I believe when there is a teacher/student situation, it’s always called assault even if consensual and even if the victim is of consenting age.
    If this had happened the summer after the victim had graduated HS, there’d be no crime.

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