2 Foyil School Employees Arrested For Sex Crimes Unrelated, Sheriff Says

Friday, June 1st 2012, 10:38 pm
By: News On 6

Rogers County Sheriff's investigators say two child sex abuse arrests are completely unrelated - except for the suspects' jobs. Both men were employed by Foyil Public Schools, which has put the district under scrutiny.

The sheriff's office says one of the girls goes to Foyil Public Schools, but investigators have absolutely ruled out school property as the location of any suspected sex crimes.

"We were made aware of both of these cases in the same day," Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton said. "The only thing they really share in common is the fact that both of the suspects were employees of the Foyil school system."

Jason Ward resigned after he was accused of having sex with a minor. He was a history teacher, the head boys' basketball coach and an assistant football coach at the high school.

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Ward turned himself in Thursday on complaints of rape by instrumentation, lewd molestation and sodomy involving a Foyil student.

Another teacher, Jeffery Harris, was booked May 24th on three complaints of lewd acts with a child involving a relative in another school district. Harris was in the alternative education department at Foyil schools.

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"When a case like this does involve a position of trust, obviously we want to know that we've done everything we possibly can to identify any victims that may have not come forward," Walton said.

Ward and Harris have both bonded out of the Rogers County Jail. The Sheriff's Office asks that you call its hotline number, 918-341-3620, if you know of other victims.