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David Cone

David Cone

Salem, Ark. — David T. Cone, who was scheduled to go to trial today for allegedly sexually assaulting a sixth grade female Salem Elementary School student, has been sentenced instead on a charge of third degree battery, which is a misdemeanor and not a felony.
According to court documents, Cone has been ordered to make immediate payment of $5,000 to his victim, identified only as Lauren. He has also been ordered to pay $2,670 in court costs and a $25 victim fee.
Cone has also been ordered to notify the Arkansas State Teacher Licensing Board of his permanent surrender of his Arkansas teacher license.
Cone entered a negotiated plea of nolo contendere and was found guilty and sentenced in Fulton County Circuit Court by 16th Judicial Circuit Judge John Dan Kemp of Mountain View.
Cone had originally been charged with second degree sexual assault of a girl who was in the sixth grade in ’08 and ’09. He was 38 at the time of his arrest. Under the terms of his sentence Cone will not be required to register as a sex offender.
To view the original probable cause statement for the case, click Probable Cause – David Cone 8-31-15.
Cone is being placed on Suspended Imposition of Sentence (SIS) for 12 months. If he successfully completes this probationary period without any additional charges, the conviction will not show on the permanent record. Cone had been free on $25,000 bond.
Cone’s sentencing order was filed on June 7.
Prosecutor was 16th Judicial Circuit Prosecuting Attorney Don McSpadden of Batesville, assisted by C. Eric Hance of Batesville.
Cone was represented by L. Gray Dellinger, a private criminal justice attorney from Melbourne.

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