JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A current Jonesboro school teacher is accused of having a sexual relationship with one of his students from another school he taught at.
According to Jonesboro police, the allegations against Brandon Turner took place four days after the 2017-2018 school year and continued until Oct. 2019. According to Westside Superintendent Scott Gauntt, Turner was not on the payroll as an employee of Westside at the time this event started.
Gauntt told Region 8 News that Turner resigned on April 11, and that resignation was acted upon at the regular school board meeting, and the contract for Turner ended on May 24, 2018.
Turner is currently employed by the Jonesboro School District. According to the school’s website, he’s listed as working with “computer repair, networking & security.”
Region 8 News reached out to Dr. Kim Wilbanks, superintendent of Jonesboro Schools about the situation.
Willbanks released a statement to Region 8 News.
“We received information that a teacher at the Technical Center was charged with Sexual Assault in the second degree. We are aware that the arrest is not related to any incident occurring at the school nor is it for an offense that put any school district students or staff in danger,” Willbanks said. “We have been informed by law enforcement that the charge is based upon the relationship of the teacher with an individual not connected to the Jonesboro School District. Mr. Turner will not return to the classroom until the local authorities conclude their investigation. The safety of individuals on our campuses and the integrity of the educational processes have not been compromised.”
According to JPD, Turner began a sexual relationship with the 10th-grade student four days after the school year ended, and “continued for an extended period of time.”
“Jonesboro Police were recently notified that, during that time, Turner became familiar with a 16-year-old old female who was a student in two of his classes,” JPD said in a release on Facebook.
JPD says Turner either escorted or arranged for the student to be taken outside of the state of Arkansas and engaged in sexual contact with the juvenile while on the trip.
JPD officers contacted the victim earlier this week, who confirmed the existence and substance of the relationship, as well as the destinations and approximate dates for the trips out of town in the probable cause affidavit.
On Wednesday during an interview with JPD, “Turner confirmed his relationship with the juvenile but stated the thought it was permissible under the circumstances at the time.”
Turner was arrested Thursday morning and faces a second-degree sexual assault charge.
Turner is also the Computer Engineering Instructor at Northeast Arkansas Career & Tech Center.
Turner was released on his own recognizance and issued a non-contact order. He’s also not allowed to be around any children 18 and under unless it’s his biological kids. He’s due back in court on Nov. 26.