Former TASD teacher accused of sexual assault in court Tuesday

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A former dance coach and teacher for Texarkana, Ark., School District appeared before a Miller County judge Tuesday morning.

Julie Aultman, 42, is accused of first degree sexual assault and second degree sexual assault involving a 17-year-old boy. Aultman, who is currently free on a $2,500 bond, faces time in prison if found guilty.

If convicted of first degree sexual assault, Aultman faces six to 30 years. If found guilty of second-degree sexual assault, Aultman faces five to 20 years.

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Aultman’s attorney, Jason Horton of Texarkana, and Special Prosecutor Jack McQuary told Circuit Judge Carlton Jones there are not currently any major issues with the case for the court to hear. Horton asked Jones to set the next pretrial hearing a couple of months in the future to give him time to work on the case. Jones scheduled Aultman to return to court Oct. 25.

Aultman resigned her position with TASD in mid-March. She was arrested by Texarkana, Ark., police in April on the charges which allegedly occurred in January and March.

Aultman began working for TASD in 2006 and resigned March 15. During her time with the school district Aultman worked in various positions at College Hill Middle School, North Heights Junior High School and Arkansas High School.

The case is being handled by a special prosecutor because Prosecuting Attorney Stephanie Black is a childhood friend of Aultman’s. Black filed a motion in April asking for appointment of a special prosecutor to avoid any appearance of impropriety.

A trial date has not been scheduled.

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