GENTRY, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — A 43-year-old physical activity teacher with Gentry Intermediate School is accused of having sex with a student in 2010.
According to an affidavit of probable cause in 2010, Leah Queen had a sexual relationship with a teenage student. The two began communicating outside of school and through social media.
In March during a trip, Queen kissed the student, according to the affidavit. The student gave police a picture and a journal that showed Queen present on the trip.
By the summer of 2010, Queen and the student would engage in “deviate sexual activity,” including sexual contact in her office or office bathroom at the school, the affidavit states.
Queen’s ex-husband said he had witnessed the student and Queen in bed together on multiple occasions. A former colleague had also witnessed the two together at a home owned by the former colleague. According to the affidavit, the former colleague told police they observed “disturbing behavior” by Queen.
The student’s parents corroborated multiple details.
Queen has declined to give a statement to police.
Queen is facing a charge of felony second-degree sexual assault. She is being held at Benton County Jail without bond.
She is listed on Gentry’s website as a physical activity teacher for grades three through five. She is on administrative leave, according to the Gentry Public Schools Superintendent Terrie DePaola.
In response, the school has released the following statement:
Thank you for your concern regarding an incident with a teacher. We understand and are also concerned. At this time, we have no information regarding the incident(s) leading to the charges made. We are aware of no allegations that would impact our current students and families.Terrie DePaola, Gentry Public Schools Superintendent
Gentry Police Chief Clay Stewart asks parents to reach out to police if their child talks to them about incidents involving Queen.