Teacher ac­cused of re­la­tion­ship with teen

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

A math teacher in north­east Ar­kan­sas ac­cused of hav­ing an in­ap­pro­pri­ate re­la­tion­ship with a teenage stu­dent has been ar­rested, of­fi­cials say.

David Yates, 44, of Jonesboro was ar­rested Wed­nes­day on mis­de­meanor charges of sec­ond-de­gree en­dan­ger­ing the wel­fare of a mi­nor and first-de­gree fail­ure to no­tify by a man­dated re­porter.

Records show Yates worked as a teacher at Westside High School in the Westside Con­sol­i­dated School Dis­trict, which is in Jonesboro.

Po­lice noted that Yates was sus­pended with pay pend­ing the out­come of a dis­trict in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

His name did not ap­pear among teach­ers listed on the school’s web­site as of Fri­day.

In May, the fa­ther of a 14-year-old girl told an of­fi­cer with the Jonesboro Po­lice Depart­ment that he had ob­served through mes­sages that his daugh­ter had been in “some sort of ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship” with her teacher.

The two, he said, spoke in a way that was “very ro­man­tic in na­ture” but “did not ap­pear to have been sex­u­ally ori­ented.”

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