Substitute teacher accused of having sex with student

Substitute teacher accused of having sex with student
Paragould police arrested Stephanie M. Ricker, 35, on Wednesday, May 15, on suspicion of second-degree sexual assault. (Source: Greene Co. Sheriff's Office)

PARAGOULD, Ark. (KAIT) - Paragould police arrested a substitute teacher after they say she had “inappropriate sexual contact” with a student.

Officers arrested Stephanie M. Ricker, 35, on Wednesday, May 15, on suspicion of second-degree sexual assault.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the Arkansas Child Abuse Hotline received a referral on April 30 regarding a substitute teacher having sex with a male student.

The next day an investigator with the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division interviewed the student.

The student reportedly told the detective he and Ricker had been “talking via Snapchat and text message.”

“He stated that they had met on at least two occasions and had sexual intercourse on at least one occasion while she was a teacher in his class,” the court document stated.

Detective Rhonda Thomas confirmed through employment records that Ricker worked for an undisclosed school as a paraprofessional between Feb. 18 and April 4.

“The potential defendant worked as a paraprofessional the entire time in the male student’s class,” Thomas stated in the probable cause affidavit.

During questioning on May 15, Thomas said Ricker “gave a self-incriminating statement.”

After reviewing the affidavit, Greene County District Judge Daniel Stidham found probable cause to arrest Ricker. He set her bond at $35,000 and ordered her to have no contact with the student.

Ricker will be arraigned on June 21 at 8:30 in circuit court.

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