WHITE HALL, Ark. (CBS St. Louis) — A teacher in the White Hall school district is facing allegations of sexual misconduct with three underage students. One incident reportedly took place while her daughter was sleeping in the same bed.
White Hall High School substitute teacher Marla Sizemore, a mother of two, is presently under investigation by local authorities for her actions, the Daily Mail is reporting.
Sizemore, 44, would allegedly host parties where alcohol was served to minors. Attendees of these parties told police that at least three teenagers had sex with the teacher.
One teen interviewed by authorities said he himself had copulated with Sizemore as her sleeping daughter lay nearby.
She is also accused of asking her underage students to conceal physical evidence of their trysts by wearing turtleneck sweaters.
Sizemore was fired as soon as the accusations became known to the district. The district told CBS St. Louis that she had been employed there from Feb. of 2010 to March 9 of 2012.
During the present school year, she had worked approximately 59.5 days of the 145 total that have passed.
“The safety and security of our children is of paramount importance to our community,” White Hall Superintendent Dr. Larry Smith said in a press release sent to CBS St. Louis.
He added that a detailed background check was conducted on Sizemore before she was offered the job, one that looked for past FBI, Arkansas State Police and Child Maltreatment Registry Check records.
Despite their screening process, the White Hall school district did reportedly miss one prior child endangerment charge, handed down by a deputy with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office after he saw her driving with her son situated on the running board of her SUV.
Sizemore faces charges of first-degree and second-degree assault, as well as providing alcohol and contributing to the delinquency of multiple minors.
Calls made to the White Hall Police Department and to Kyle Hunter, the prosecuting attorney for Jefferson County, were not immediately returned.