Benton Co. attorney reviewing sexual assault case

An investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against a teacher in the Benton Community School District is now in the hands of prosecutors.

Benton County Sheriff Ron Tippett tells KCRG-i9 his office turned the findings of their investigation over to the County Attorney. The investigation however is still ongoing, which is why authorities say they are unable to provide any additional details at this time.

The Sheriff's Office's investigation centered on allegations a Benton Community teacher inappropriately touched a student. In a letter to parents, the district said that the teacher was removed from the classroom immediately back in October. That teacher is still listed as an employee with the district.

The Sheriff's Office has said from the beginning they have no reason to believe the student who reported the alleged misconduct is not credible.

It is now up to County Attorney David Thompson to decide if there is enough evidence to file charges. I9 reached out on Tuesday to Thompson but he declined to comment on a timeline for that decision.

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