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Arkansas high school teacher accused of having sexual contact with student

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Photographs by Faulkner County Sheriff's Office

Jessica Kaplan

A central Arkansas high school art teacher is accused of having sexual contact with a student, authorities say.

On Monday, a school resource officer at Mayflower High School was informed that sexual contact between a student and a teacher in the district had taken place, according to the city's Police Department.

Jessica Kaplan, 31, was arrested on a charge of first-degree sexual assault shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said.

Kaplan was being held at the Faulkner County jail in lieu of $10,000 bond as of Wednesday morning, according to the prosecuting attorney's office.

A call for comment from the Mayflower School District was not immediately returned Wednesday morning. Kaplan was still listed as an art teacher on Mayflower High School's website about noon Wednesday.

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