A Mayflower art instructor was arrested Tuesday evening for allegedly having inappropriate relations with a student.
Jessica Kaplan, 31, has worked as a visual arts instructor in the Mayflower School District for about three years and was arrested shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday after being accused of having inappropriate relations with a high school student. Online records show Kaplan is currently being held in the county jail in lieu of a $30,000 bond and faces one count of first-degree sexual assault.
Lt. Wesley Tyra confirmed Tuesday evening that an investigation involving allegations against a teacher who had inappropriate relations with a student is "current[ly] ongoing."
The district's resource officer was alerted Monday of an incident involving "sexual contact between a Mayflower high school student and a teacher employed within the Mayflower School District," Tyra said.
"Upon gathering further details from the reporting party, our school resource officer forwarded the case information to the Mayflower Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division [and] upon their review of the provided information, a case file was created in reference to the reported incident and will be thereafter submitted to the Faulkner County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review,” he said.
Information regarding an upcoming court date in this case was not readily available by press time Tuesday.
Mayflower Police Chief Robert Alcon said authorities will release more information as details become available. Wesley said that while Mayflower residents, students and parents have expressed their concerns regarding this alleged incident, not all details will immediately surface or be released to the public.
"When further information becomes available and in which that information would not compromise or have the potential to compromise any portion of the case or its further investigation, it will be released when possible," he said. "We understand the legal process is sometimes uncomfortable and does not appear to be time efficient. But we have a duty to abide by all applicable laws and rules of criminal procedure when processing all matters of alleged criminal activity. We would appreciate the public’s patience during this time.