Former Teacher Gets Probation For Recording Boys In Bathroom

KEITH DICKENS

A former Van Buren substitute teacher pleaded guilty Friday to video recording two young boys using a urinal at a local elementary school last year.

Keith Dickens, 43, pleaded guilty to video voyeurism, receiving five years of supervised probation. He also must register as a sex offender and receive sex offender counseling, said Crawford County Prosecutor Marc McCune.

Dickens also agreed to have no unsupervised contact with minors, directly or indirectly, through any social media, McCune said.

The incident for which Dickens was arrested last January happened at Tate Elementary School in Van Buren, where he was a substitute teacher. Two second-graders told a teacher they were in the bathroom using the urinals when they noticed a hand holding a cell phone underneath the stall, said James Damante, chief deputy for the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office.

Dickens had no previous criminal history and had never before been arrested in the state, according to the Arkansas Crime Information Center.

Dickens was a substitute in the school district since about 2006 and a referee at Boys’ Club basketball games, the chief deputy said.

The school district says all of their substitute teachers must go through a background check and training.

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