A former Crossett teacher was arrested May 14 and charged with sexual assault. 

Crossett Police Department Investigator Matt Brooks, said Ryne Rainey was brought in for questioning Thursday and following the interview was arrested and charged with second degree sexual assault. 

Brooks said the CPD received a report from the Arkansas State Police Crimes against Children Division Abuse Hotline in reference to inappropriate activity between a male teacher at Crossett High School and a 17-year-old female student. 

Brooks said the school district is who made the report. 

“The first report of suspicious activity was in March and after the school got more information and evidence they reported it again in April,” Brooks said. 

The inappropriate activity allegedly occurred in February and March.

“It happened on several occasions in February and March,” Brooks said. 

Rainey went before Judge Reid Harrod on Thursday for a probable cause hearing during which Harrod determined that there was enough probable cause for an arrest. 

Brooks said Rainey was released later that afternoon on a $5,000 bond.

The Crossett School Board accepted Rainey’s resignation on May11 during their regular monthly board meeting. 

In addition to teaching, Rainey, who was in his first year in Crossett, served as an assistant coach for CHS athletics.

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