SILOAM SPRINGS (KFSM) – A teacher from Siloam Springs is out of jail on bond, after police say she raped a 13-year-old boy, and exchanged sexual images with him.
32-year-old Mary Faith McCormick appeared before a Benton County judge Thursday (Aug. 14) for her first hearing.
By the end of the day, the teacher was released on $50,000 bond.
“It’s very inappropriate,” Aimee Oh said.
Many in the community were shocked to hear that a teacher has been accused of having sexual contact and conversations with a minor.
“When they take advantage of that trust, or of a child, then they don’t really have a place being around children,” Susie Baxter said.
According to McCormick’s Facebook page alongside being an educator, she is a wife, a mother, and a daughter to another Siloam Springs educator.
According to the police report, at one point, McCormick took the 13-year-old boy to the site where she and husband, a Tyson Foods employee, are building a new home.
Police say she flirted with the boy there.
“I believe they should put on some type of suspension, or leave of absence; until the full investigation was completed,” Oh said.
That is exactly what the school district has done, placing McCormick on paid administrative leave.
In a statement, Superintendent Ken Ramsey said:
“The safety of our children is paramount to us, and all of us are shocked to hear about the allegations.”