A former Crossett teacher was arrested on Thursday and charged with sexual assault.

The Crossett School Board accepted the resignation of Ryne Rainey on May 11 during their regular monthly board meeting.

According to Crossett Police Department Investigator Matt Brooks, Rainey was brought in for questioning on Thursday and following the interview was arrested and charged with second-degree sexual assault.

Brooks said the CPD received a report from the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division Abuse Hotline in reference to inappropriate activity between a male teacher at Crossett High School and a 17-year-old female student. Brooks said the school district made the report.

“The first report of suspicious activity was in March and after the school got more information and evidence they reported it again in April,” Brooks said.

The inappropriate activity allegedly occurred in February and March.

“It happened on several occasions in February and March,” Brooks said.

Rainey went before Judge Reid Harrod on Thursday for a probable cause hearing where Judge Harrod determined that there was enough probable cause for an arrest. Brooks said Rainey was released later that afternoon on a $5,000 bond.

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