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2016 trial date set for Salem, Ark., elementary teacher accused of sexual assault

David Cone

David Cone

Salem, Ark. — An April 19-22, 2016 date has been set for the trial of David Cone, the sixth grade Salem Elementary School teacher accused of second degree sexual assault of a girl who was in the sixth grade in the year 2008-09, a Class B felony.
Cone, who is free on $25,000 bond, is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on March 7 next year.
The 38-year-old Melbourne, Ark resident was arrested early this month after he was accused of fondling the buttocks of a former sixth grade student.
To view the probable cause statement, click HERE.
Cone’s pre-trial hearing and court dates were set on Sept 23.

Cabot, Ark., father sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for sexual exploitation of a minor by a parent

Matthew Hiner

Matthew Hiner

Little Rock, Ark. — A 28 year-old Cabot man, Matthew Hiner, has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for the sexual exploitation of his 5-year-old son following an investigation by an undercover agent of the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force.
Hiner was arrested in 2013 after he gave access to the undercover agent of sexually explicit photos of himself and the 5-year-old child. After his arrest Hiner admitted to taking the photos and taking similar photos of himself and his friend’s 11-year-old son. After his release Hiner will spend the rest of his life on supervised release and must register as a sex offender. Federal prison does not parole.
He still faces charges of three counts of rape and one count of sexual assault in the second degree in Pulaski County Circuit Court.
He was picked up by a Washington, D.C., FBI agent on an Internet chat page.
Discussing the case, U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer said “our office is committed to protecting the innocence of society’s most vulnerable victims, our children, especially when they are being abused by the ones they trust the most.” Thyer said Hiner’s harm could not be undone, but his sentence will send a message to others that they will receive lengthy sentences for similar actions.
To view the U.S. Attorney’s full statement on the sentence, click Matthew Hiner sentence 9-23-15

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