Man Accused of Raping Girl At School Is Still Employed By School

Bentonville School Superintendent Michael Poore said in a news conference Thursday that Ali Matar, accused of raping a five-year-old, is suspended with pay.

Police arrested 21-year-old Matar Wednesday for allegedly raping a kindergartener in the library.

(Click here to read the suspect’s probable cause affidavit)

Poore said Matar worked with the before and after school program called Adventure Club.

He said Matar was alone with the girl, which is against the club’s policies. He said two adults have to be with a child if that child is alone.

Poore said the school board will discuss Matar’s termination at their monthly meeting. The meeting will take place at the Bentonville School Administration building at 5:30 p.m. on May 19.

Matar’s court date is set for June 23.


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