Former Little Rock PE Teacher and Coach Arrested for Rape, Sexual Assault

Recently, 36-year-old Michael McCray was arrested for allegedly raping and sexually assaulting two victims who are minors. McCray was arrested at the Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School, where he is currently employed. apple-on-the-desk-1428611-m

The alleged incidents occurred between August 2012 and June 2014, when McCray was employed as a boys’ basketball and track coach, and PE teacher at the Anthony School in Little Rock. The LRPD received a report from Anthony School claiming that a former teacher at the school had sex on several occasions with a juvenile victim, according to police reports.

A news report at KATV 7 revealed that it all began when a female student at the Anthony School cut her hand in PE class. McCray allegedly took her into a closet where first aid supplies were stored, closed the door, and began kissing her and grabbing her skirt as he pushed her against a wall. An affidavit claims McCray told the girl not to tell anyone, and the two began having sex although the girl reportedly told him she didn’t want to. The alleged victim said that she and a second victim would be assigned to ride with McCray to track meets, and that he would take them to his home and engage in sex with one of the girls.

The second victim referred to McCray as “Coach Mac,” and said he kissed and hugged her on two occasions, one of them in a closet in the gym. She said in a police interview that McCray wanted to have sex with her.

McCray is on administrative leave from the Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter, where he was hired in July as director of culture. At the time of news reports he was being held on no bond.

The rape or sexual assault of a minor by an adult is a crime punished harshly by all states. In Michigan, statutory rape, child sexual abuse, sexual assault, and other offenses are classified as criminal sexual conduct. The penalties for someone convicted depend on whether the CSC is charged with first-, second-, third-, or fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. Punishment may range from up to two years in prison to life behind bars, along with fines, lifetime monitoring, and the requirement to register as a sex offender for many years, or even a lifetime.

Sex offenders are shunned by society, and face difficulties when it comes to employment, housing, and other aspects of their lives. If you have been accused of rape, sexual assault, or any related offense it is vital to consult with an experienced Michigan sex crimes attorney immediately, so that your legal rights may be protected and a solid defense developed to protect your freedom and future.

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