Former Bentonville School Employee Pleads Not Guilty

Posted: June 24, 2014 at 1:30 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A former Bentonville School District employee pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that accuse him of sexually abusing three students.

The Charges

Rape is normally punishable with a prison sentence ranging from 10 to 40 years. Ali Matar faces from 25 to 40 years or life imprisonment on rape charges if convicted because Arkansas law requires a 25-year minimum sentence for anyone convicted of raping a child 13 and under. Sexual assault is punishable with a prison sentence ranging from five to 20 years.

Source: Staff Report

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