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Former teacher strikes plea deal in sexual assault case


A former Gurdon school teacher accused of coercing a student into having sex was given a lifetime ban Tuesday from ever applying for a license to teach.

Aaron Cupp reached a plea deal this week in a 2021 case in which he was charged for sexual assault. The charge stemmed from allegations by a student that Cupp forced her to have sex in 2017.

Cupp, now 31, signed a plea statement Tuesday admitting to a lesser offense of third-degree battery.

In addition to the lifetime ban on teaching, the former coach was sentenced to a year of supervised probation and ordered to pay $2,700 in fines and court costs.

Cupp was represented by Little Rock attorney Bill James. Hot Spring County Prosecutor Teresa Howell represented the state.

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  1. They always let them off easy. If you’re wondering why Arkansas is crawling with pedophiles, it’s because they give them a slap on the wrist and release them back onto the streets to find their next victim. That didn’t work for Barry Allan Walker, now did it? It’s been proven a million times that pedophiles never change. They should ALL get life in prison as a mandatory minimum. But that’ll never happen so long as pedophile elites control the government and the AR GOP.

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