Pulaski County Youth Services employee charged with rape

Pulaski County Youth Services employee charged with rape. (Courtesy:PCSO)

An employee with the Pulaski County Youth Services and Little Rock School District substitute teacher has been arrested by the North Little Rock Police Department, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.

George Edwin Haney, 27, was arrested on Saturday on two counts of rape. According to the arrest report, police approached Haney's car in the parking lot of Pike View Elementary School. The arresting officer noticed the car had fogged windows.

The officer shined his flashlight inside the car and noticed the victim's head rise from Haney's lap, while Haney's pants were down.

The victim, later identified as a 14-year-old boy, told police Haney forced him into his car to perform oral sex.

Haney told police he thought the victim was 19-years-old and the sexual acts were consensual.

On Tuesday, Pulaski County Youth Services released this statement to KATV:

We’re now focused on the kids in our programs and providing them with the best services that our Youth Services Department has to offer.
• The employee has been terminated from Pulaski County Youth Services (effective yesterday, Nov. 14 ).
• Parents of children in the afterschool program have been notified.
• We will identify and notify parents of youth who participated in the summer and afterschool program since the employee was hired.
• Crisis intervention counselors will be onsite to speak with the kids. Youth Home is providing this service.
• Pulaski County Youth Services Director, Jamie Scott will act as director of our after-school program until further notice.
Pulaski County conducts background checks for criminal, adult maltreatment, child maltreatment and the sex offender registry for those who seek employment with Pulaski County Youth Services. The employee passed the background checks.

From Youth Services Director, Jamie Scott:

I’m very saddened to hear the news. I’m praying for the victim and his family. The safety of the kids in our programs is our number one priority. We’ve been around for nearly three decades and we know how important these programs are to youth and their families. I look forward to working with my staff to continue to provide quality services to youth in Pulaski County.

From County Judge Barry Hyde:

I’m so proud of our Youth Services department. Director Jamie Scott and her staff do excellent work and provide much needed services to the youth of Pulaski County. We take pride in providing a safe haven for children, so for this to happen is a shock to us all. We believe that our background check process is thorough; however, we will review the process to explore if there are additional measures that can be taken.

Haney was also a substitute teacher in the Little Rock School District. On Tuesday, students were sent home with a memo stating the district is aware of the allegations against Haney:

Dear Parents:
We are aware of the serious allegations against Mr. George Haney who was briefly employed by LRSD August 7 - August 15, 2017:
August 14, 2017- McDermott Elementary
He worked as a substitute teacher through WillSub at three schools on five occasions:
August 18, 2017 – Dunbar Middle School
October 12, 2017- Forest Heights
November 2, 2017 – Mann Middle School
November 3, 2017 – Forest Heights
November 6, 2017 – Forest Heights
Mr. Haney met all work requirements, including passing a background check. While we have not received any reports concerning our students, we will work with authorities as they continue their investigation. Please know that it is our commitment to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our students.

Haney is being held in the Pulaski county jail on a $500,000 bond.

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