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Police: Arkansas Teacher, 57, Admits ‘Inappropriate’ Lesbian Sex With Girl, 16

Posted on | June 16, 2014 | 57 Comments

Helen Banks molested teenage girl, police say.

Alleged sexual predator:

On Wednesday, June 11, 2014, Drew Central High School Teacher Helen Banks, 57, of Monticello was arrested by authorities with the Drew County Sheriff’s Office and Arkansas State Police.
Banks was interviewed by authorities stemming from an investigation which alleged that Banks was having inappropriate contact and communication with a 16-year-old female student.
Banks admitted to the allegations during the interview, she was booked into the Drew County Detention Facility and has since bonded out on a $25,000 commercial bond.
She was arrested for Sexual Assault in the 2nd degree, which is a class B felony in Arkansas. However, more charges may follow.

More from KATV:

School officials uncovered e-mails back and forth between the 16 year-old female student and Banks; e-mails that originated on school computers.
Lt. Tim Nichols, detective with the Drew County Sheriff’s office said the district called the Crimes Against Children hotline in Little Rock with their findings. The agency then forwarded the investigation to Drew County.
“We got the e-mail, I began looking at the report and I went and talked to the victim,” said Nichols.
Nichols said the victim corroborated the story, leading investigators to interview Banks.
Banks declined to go on camera and do an interview with KATV, but Nichols said she admitted to the sexual assault during the interview with her.
“She stated that she knew what she had done was wrong,” said Nichols.
The investigation found the alleged relationship didn’t involve intercourse, rather inappropriate touching, but according to Nichols the touching occurred while on school grounds.

An interesting case: Suspect accused of a felony sex crime against a minor in Arkansas. Who would possibly defend such a suspect?



57 Responses to “Police: Arkansas Teacher, 57, Admits ‘Inappropriate’ Lesbian Sex With Girl, 16”

  1. Julie Pascal
    June 17th, 2014 @ 12:01 am

    Someone who’s first job out of law school was as a public defender once told me, “All my clients were hardened criminals who are now safely behind bars.” She had this answer obviously prepared ahead of time. Movie and TV defense lawyers and public defenders give the real thing a bad reputation and I’m sure she quickly came to hate the questions she got.

    The defense’s job is to make the prosecution dot their i’s, cross their t’s, and prove it. It’s to ensure a fair trial… it’s not to “get them off.”

  2. Adjoran
    June 17th, 2014 @ 12:02 am

    You’re out of order!

  3. Adjoran
    June 17th, 2014 @ 12:09 am

    My cousin was a public defender for 20 years after he had already semi-retired, his philosophy was, and he told every client:

    “You are entitled to adequate legal representation. That’s this office. You are not entitled to get off. If you insist on pleading Not Guilty, I suggest you retain a private attorney because I’ve seen the evidence and you are guilty as hell.

    “I can get you a deal for a guilty plea because the solicitor’s office is too swamped to take everyone to trial. But if you don’t want a deal, they will be happy to make an example of you.”

    In the extremely rare circumstance he thought a client innocent, he arranged for another attorney to take it pro bono. That happened a handful of times in two decades.

  4. RKae
    June 17th, 2014 @ 1:08 am

    No, YOU’RE out of order!

  5. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    June 17th, 2014 @ 2:06 am
  6. K-Bob
    June 17th, 2014 @ 5:06 am

    That thing beside her nose.
    It's like a little penis.
    I'll bet it even grows.
    (Let's keep that just between us.)

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