PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Paragould School District's top two administrators have been found not guilty in a lawsuit filed against them.
In October 2014, Superintendent Debbie Smith and Assistant Superintendent Scott Gauntt were ordered to appear in court for failing to report child abuse.
Those court records stated that Smith and Gauntt failed to report "suspected maltreatment of the two specific male students" to the Arkansas State Police Child Abuse Hotline.
The allegations centered around former Paragould teacher Nicole Winberry. Winberry later resigned from Paragould and went to Osceola, where she was arrested on sexual assault charges for her alleged interactions with male students there.
According to Smith and Gauntt's attorney Bill Stanley, the court found the two not guilty of the charges filed against them.
In a statement released to Region 8 News, Stanley stated:
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