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Teacher accused of sex assault found dead

Daniel M. Kopp III (Source: Sharp County Sheriff's Office via Vinelink) Daniel M. Kopp III (Source: Sharp County Sheriff's Office via Vinelink)
LAWRENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

A teacher accused of sexual assault against a child has been found dead.

Detective Andrew Turner with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office confirmed Friday that Daniel Kopp III has died.

On Thursday sheriff's deputies responded to the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Lawrence County for a person who appeared to be deceased. 

Turner said no foul play is suspected in the death.

The man's body was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab.

Turner also stated "due to the gravity of the situation" the sheriff's office will continue to investigate "pending further development."

Kopp was arrested April 15 and was facing charges including felony second-degree sexual assault and four misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Highland Police Chief Shane Russell said the sexual assault case is closed following Kopp's death. 

The Highland School District released the following statement to Region 8 News Friday.

"During this difficult time, we are trying to provide the best support possible to our students. We have several extra counselors on campus today to help with this process. If any student or parent needs assistance, we hope they will utilize these services."

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