Teachers Arrested, Accused Of Child Abuse

    5:46 PM, Apr 25, 2007   |    comments
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    Two Pulaski County teachers are suspended from their jobs, after police say they allegedly abused a 6-year-old boy. The couple was arrested at Jacksonville Elementary Monday. Deputies say a family member of teacher Amy Hilbun filed a complaint with DHHS asking them to investigate alleged abuse against Hilbun's son. The boy's school later noticed several marks on his body. Police then arrested 25-year-old Hilbun and 35-year-old Stephen Rose. Both teach special education and behavioral classes at Jacksonville Elementary. Neither have prior convictions. A spokesperson for the Pulaski County School District says background checks were conducted on Hilbun and Rose when they were hired, which is standard for all new teachers, and they came up clean. Both have been suspended with pay pending the out come of the investigation. White County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Jeremy Clark says, "I've never known of elementary teachers to be arrested for child abuse. To hear of anyone battering a child is disturbing, especially someone who's daily job is the care and custody of children." Parent Robert Martin says, “I know this, when my son goes back to school, my wife and I will walk him to school every day. We will be finding out what's going on. This is an outrage. I don't like it at all." Investigators say the alleged abuse happened at Hilbun's home in Beebe. Custody of the boy has been granted to his biological father. Hilbun and Rose have been charged with battery in the second degree. They are out of jail on a $10,000 bond. The boy was not a student at Jacksonville Elementary.

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