JONESBORO, Ark. – An attorney for the Westside Consolidated School District has responded to the news story regarding David Yates, 44, of Jonesboro.
Yates, who was an 8th grade math teacher at Westside, was also pastor of Valley View Missionary Baptist Church. Despite being in both of these authoritative roles over children, the 44-year-old romanticized a 14-year-old who was so mentally distraught during this time, she talked to him about killing herself.
He never notified anyone. Instead, he continued pursuing her.
Social media messages were discovered by the parents of the underage girl. Messages indicated the two were in a “romantic relationship.” Parents took the messages to Jonesboro Police Department and then to Westside schools.
On Wednesday, Yates pled guilty to the misdemeanor charge against him – second degree endangering the welfare of a minor. He was sentenced to two days in jail with 178 days suspended.
The six-month long predatory relationship only came to media’s attention Thursday. Yates was released from jail Friday morning at 9:33 a.m., records from Craighead County Detention Center show.
On Friday, Attorney Rebecca Worsham with Mixon & Worsham PLC contacted NEA Report on behalf of Westside. She forwarded the following letter along through email: