Life Way Christian School teacher arrested, accused of sexually assaulting student


Story by Tracy Neal
Monday, February 29, 2016

BENTONVILLE — A teacher at Life Way Christian School was arrested Saturday in connection with sexually assaulting a student, according to court documents.

Richard Thomas Riley, 34, of Centerton was arrested on charges of sexual assault in the first degree, a Class A felony, and distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony.

Riley’s bond was set at $50,000.

Life Way Christian School fired Riley on Saturday, according to administrator Luke Bowers.
Riley had worked for the school since 2013 teaching physical science and world history, primarily to ninth- and 10th-graders. He had served in the U.S. military before joining Life Way and has a master’s degree in education, Bowers said.

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