Crime

Mountain Home principal faces three felony sex charges involving minors

John Clark
John Clark

John F. Clark, on administrative leave as the principal of Hacker Middle School, was arraigned Monday on two counts of sexual abuse of a minor under the age of 16 and one charge of sexual battery of a 16- or 17-year-old.

Clark's attorney, Scott McKay, said the allegations were untrue and related to "horseplay" involving two girls, KIVI-TV, Channel 6 reported. One of the girls told a school counselor about alleged abuse, KIVI reported.

Clark was arrested Friday night. Mountain Home School District Superintendent James Gilbert, sent out an email to families in the district that said the “incident did not involve any Hacker students or happen on school grounds.”

Gilbert said in the email that the district normally does not publicly address personnel matters, but "the severity of the accusations" prompted him to acknowledge the situation, at least to reassure parents.

Clark's next court appearance is set for Feb. 12.

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