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story.lead_photo.caption Erica Suskie is shown in a 2013 file photo in front of an arrest affidavit. Suskie pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge of first-degree sexual assault. Photo illustration by ArkansasOnline.

A former substitute teacher at Catholic High School for Boys surrendered to authorities Tuesday on a charge of sexual assault in the first degree, prosecutors said.

Erica Suskie appeared in North Little Rock District Court on Tuesday morning and entered a plea of not guilty, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reporter Scott Carroll said on Twitter.

Suskie, 43, was with her husband, former Arkansas Public Service Commission chairman Paul Suskie, at the brief hearing.

The Suskies were friends with the family of the alleged victim, who went to school at Catholic High in Little Rock, Pulaski County Chief Deputy Prosecutor John Johnson said.

Catholic High principal Steve Straessle said he reported the misconduct to a hotline, as required by law, when rumors about it developed in October. He declined to offer details about what the rumors suggested had occurred.

He said he made three calls within a three-day period as the rumors evolved, adding he also notified students' parents and banned Suskie from school.

According to a police affidavit filed with the court, the alleged victim told authorities he and Suskie had sexual encounters multiple times between April and October 2015 at her home in North Little Rock and her parents’ home in Sherwood.

The police document states that the sexual encounters began after Suskie asked the youth's mother if the alleged victim could tutor Suskie's son in algebra.*

The affidavit also says two people, whose names are redacted in the report, showed authorities text messages, screenshots of text messages and a photograph of Suskie that indicated the two had a sexual relationship. 

See Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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  • LR1955
    February 2, 2016 at 2:11 p.m.

    two people/names are redacted = the "victim's parents, who else would have text messages, screenshots of text messages and a photograph of Suskie but the parents with their "boy's" phone in hand.

  • MaxCady
    February 2, 2016 at 2:49 p.m.

    Dang, how come I never had teachers like that when I was in high school??!! Maybe I would have paid more attention!!

  • Felina
    February 2, 2016 at 4:22 p.m.

    Newsflash! It turns out that cougars don't have to break the law to hook up with an immature male.....all they have to do is go to a Frat House!

  • mrcharles
    February 2, 2016 at 4:36 p.m.

    I think it is a terrible thing to say for older males to wish they had teachers that do what they do now and that do not look like the old school teachers looked like. Shame for such thoughts and remember Jimmy Carter said you could be convicted of thought crimes.

    Wonder if the husband has a little ego crisis about now?

  • Shazbotbaru0
    February 2, 2016 at 5:27 p.m.

    I agree with eMac.the teachers I had looked like they were reserected from the dead and given chalk. Nuff said!!!

    February 2, 2016 at 5:28 p.m.

    It states that these people were Friends, Why is everyone so Surprised to find out how Friendly Friends can get to be?? It does not tell the Age of the Boy. This Boy's Momma went Crazy when She found out someone else was giving her Son Lessons in Sex Education, It may be True that Age is just a State of Mind, I would think long and hard before I would have let Crap like this come out in Public and Ruin Several People's Names. Just Saying,

  • Zorr10
    February 2, 2016 at 7:06 p.m.

    This affair just doesn't look good for all involved.

  • TheGoodGuy
    February 2, 2016 at 7:08 p.m.

    Good on the kid!!! She is pretty damned hot! I'd be all over that, too, if I had the chance!!! GREAT JOB, KID!!!!! Bet it was pretty damned great! I bet she gives great helmet!
    mrcharles, shut up, old man. Go back to the rec room. I hear they have line dancing and jello for you!

  • TheGoodGuy
    February 2, 2016 at 7:09 p.m.

    I say who cares?

  • LR1955
    February 3, 2016 at 11:06 a.m.

    North Little Rock police detective Ashley Noel reported that the boy had shown friends and family members a photograph and text messages to prove his relationship with Suskie.
    Dumb boy and even dumber woman.