Ark. high school football coach arrested for sexual assault

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A Little Rock football coach is facing charges after allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a student.

According to Little Rock police, someone wrote a letter to the Parkview High School principal saying that 45-year-old William Hardiman had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student during the 2014-15 school year.

The victim confirmed the relationship in an interview with detectives. Hardiman turned himself into police on Friday evening and bonded out shortly after. He is charged with first degree sexual assault.

District officials placed Hardiman on administrative leave last month, citing a personnel matter.

A statement from the Little Rock School District regarding coaching administration at Parkview reads as follows:

"The Little Rock School District announced today the appointment of Kenny Stephens as interim football coach at Parkview Magnet High School. In addition to his duties as social studies teacher at Parkview, Stephens most recently served as offensive coach at Little Rock Central High School, and had previous stints in various assistant coach roles at Parkview.

Stephens will serve in the absence of current head coach William Hardiman who has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation of a personnel matter.

Parkview Athletic Director and Assistant Principal John Kelley met with football players and coaching staff today to inform them of the news. A parent meeting is also planned to provide details about the transition. Notification regarding that meeting will be shared with parents."

Stay with THV11 and thv11.com for more details as they become available. 


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