High school principal, coach arrested on sex count

SHERWOOD, Ark. (AP) - A high school principal and basketball coach in Sherwood has been arrested for first-degree sexual assault.

Sherwood police say 39-year-old Abundant Life School principal and coach Timothy Ballard was arrested Friday and released Sunday on $50,000 bond. He's due in court Monday for arraignment.

It was not known if he had yet hired an attorney.

Police would not say whether the alleged victim is a student.

The school is associated with Sylvan Hills First Baptist Church in Sherwood. Senior Pastor Keith Brickell says Ballard has worked at the school for 18 years and is now on leave with pay - but declined further comment.

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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