Sheriff: Teacher sentenced on sexual assault charge

Published: Aug. 13, 2021 at 12:18 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 1, 2021 at 3:48 PM CDT
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RECTOR, Ark. (KAIT) - A former Rector school teacher was sentenced Friday to 120 days in the Clay County jail after pleading guilty to fourth-degree sexual assault.

Sarah Beth Isom was arrested in August following a weeks-long investigation into claims she had an “inappropriate relationship” with a student.

Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller said after a five-week investigation that began in July, they found enough information on electronic devices to make an arrest on Isom for having an inappropriate relationship with a teenage male. She was initially charged with first-degree sexual assault.

She turned herself over to the sheriff’s department in August and was released on her own recognizance.

As part of the plea agreement, Isom was also given 60 months probation and ordered to register as a sex offender.

District administrators said that Isom worked as a substitute teacher before being hired full-time for the upcoming school year. After learning of the investigation, they placed her on administrative leave.

Isom submitted her resignation the same day she was arrested, the district said in a statement through its attorney. She will no longer be allowed on campus.

The administration also said it would provide support and counseling to students who were affected.

“We’re working diligently with the other law enforcement agencies in the county to make sure our kids are safe. They’re of a vulnerable age, and everything and things can be done. We’re just doing everything we can to protect them,” said Miller

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