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Vilonia teacher sentenced to 30 days jail for harassment

Posted: October 4, 2012 - 8:07pm

The former Vilonia teacher who used an iPod to record images underneath two women’s skirts in Walmart earlier this summer pleaded guilty to two harassment charges in court Thursday.

Michael Rush, of Conway, was sentenced by Circuit Judge Amy Brazil to 180 days in Faulkner County jail with 150 days suspended.

His sentence will be served on weekends beginning Friday.

According to court documents, Rush is not to enter any Walmart location for one year, and is not to have contact with either of the two victims for one year.

Rush is to continue therapy, and will return to court in 90 days for a review, according to sentencing information.

If any condition of the plea deal is violated, the 150-day sentence will be reinstated.

Vilonia Schools Superintendent Dr. Frank Mitchell said Thursday Rush did not request a hearing before the school board in July after he was given the option.

“We gave him 30 days to request and he did not, so the board voted to terminate him,” Mitchell said. “I thought the way he handled this, he realized he made a mistake and was cooperative as far as understanding the consequences of it.”

Rush taught in several positions at Vilonia schools for about 15 years, Mitchell said.

He was a part of the school’s credit recovery program at the time he was terminated.

Rush was director of the University of Central Arkansas Great Bear Writing Project. He is no longer associated with the project, a UCA spokesperson said Thursday.

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SicNTired
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SicNTired 10/04/12 - 08:37 pm
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What a crock!!

30 days? That's it? Why does my gut tell me we'll be hearing about this freak again? Beware Target, Kohls, Belk, JC Penney, etc. shoppers!

Budnmud
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Budnmud 10/04/12 - 09:18 pm
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Deja vu

like the Toe Sucker all over again...

Creepy...

I better not see the guy around my grand kids...

wisea55
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wisea55 10/04/12 - 10:53 pm
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Maybe his cell mates will

Maybe his cell mates will teach him some new games.

TheVoiceInYourHead
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TheVoiceInYourHead 10/05/12 - 07:07 am
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I've never understood how

I've never understood how making some stupid comment about getting raped or sexually assaulted in prison is appropriate. Prison is meant to rehabilitate people, not lead to further crime.

Reaganesque
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Reaganesque 10/05/12 - 07:17 am
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Well.........

Prison is punishment for crimes committed.

ARBEAR
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ARBEAR 10/09/12 - 06:53 am
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The Bear Writing Project at UCA

After the Walmart charges Rush was removed form his appointed position as Director of UCA's Bear Writing Project.

I wonder if he is banned from the UCA's campus now.

BatmanandRobin
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BatmanandRobin 10/05/12 - 10:40 am
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A tough summer for Courtway and UCA

First, this embarrassment with the director of UCA's Great Bear Writing Project.

Then, scandal at UCA's The Oxford American.

Now, the editor of UCA's Toadsuck Review is coming under scrutiny over his handling of that publication's finances.

IDKM
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IDKM 10/05/12 - 10:18 am
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Geez

Seems like it would have been a harsher punishment to just take away his iPod or other recording devices for a year.

"Rush is not to enter any Walmart location for one year, and is not to have contact with either of the two victims for one year."

Wonder if Walmart has some sort of wall with pictures of banned people.

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debbijones 10/05/12 - 11:49 am
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BatmanandRobin- check the facts

This is all I could find online on the American Oxford Magazine at UCA and it is from the Echo:

Carol Fitzgerald says: September 28, 2012 at 3:53 pm
The allegations against Smirnoff and Fitzgerald were NEVER proven and in fact were fabricated charges made by disgruntled employees. Fitzgerald was never alleged to have any inappropriate conduct with interns. The senior editor was the one who made up allegations about Fitzgerald, who was his best friend before he got fired for poor performance and blatant public insubordination. Did you fact check this article?

I'm not sure what the truth is and I would be interested to know.

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i_wonder 10/05/12 - 12:00 pm
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Unpublished

He admitted to serving alcohol to minors, how much more 'scandal' do you need?

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