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School dist. employee in Independence Co. accused of sexual relationships w/ students

Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens confirms James V. Seger II, an employee with Midland Public Schools, is accused of having sexual relationships with students. (Photo courtesy: Independence Co. Sheriff's Office){ }

Channel 7 has learned a school district employee in Independence County is accused of having inappropriate sexual relationships with at least two students.

A five-year employee of the Midland Public School District, 45-year-old James V. Seger II faces three counts of internet stalking of a child, six counts of 1st degree sexual assault, and two counts of 2nd degree sexual assault.

While investigators believe there are at least two victims, they believe there may be more.

"Right now, as far as I know we have two that I know of for certain,” said Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens. “And we're expecting more to come in, but we don't have that confirmed yet."

Stephens tells Channel 7 the investigation surrounding Seger started last week.

They're still trying to determine if the incidents happened on or off campus.

Sheriff Stephens won't say the age of victims or what school they attend, but did say it appears Seger was preying on students.

"There were there were some text messages, there were some emails, there were some videos that were taken," says Stephens.

Seger was arrested at his home in Searcy on Tuesday.

In a statement, Dewayne Wammack, the Midland Public Schools superintendent, tells Channel 7 Seger is not allowed on campus, and the district is cooperating with law-enforcement to allow them to do forensic computer searches.

Wammack confirms Seger is on administrative leave and has 25 days to request a hearing in front of the school board.

As of Thursday night, Seger remains in the Independence County jail. He is being held on an $800,000 bond.

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