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story.lead_photo.caption Charity Allen-Grace

BENTONVILLE -- A Springdale woman faces criminal charges in connection with sex crimes involving a 14-year-old boy.

Charity Allen-Grace, 36, is free on $40,000 bond after her arrest last week in connection with felony charges of sexual assault and sexual indecency with a child.

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Siloam Springs police began investigating after receiving a report from the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division.

A 14-year-old boy reported he was visiting a friend at Allen-Grace's home in Siloam Springs, and she would walk around in her underwear and inappropriately touch him, according to the probable cause affidavit.

The teen also reported Allen-Grace would have sexual contact with herself in front of him and his friend, according to the affidavit.

The teen said the incidents happened six months to a year ago, but he also knew Allen-Grace from his school, Ozark Guidance Center's school in Siloam Springs, according to the affidavit. The teen said Allen-Grace was a teacher at the school.

Steven Hinds, the vice president of philanthropy and development at Ozark Guidance, declined to comment on Allen-Grace's arrest.

Allen-Grace was interviewed by police, but she wouldn't answer any questions without her attorney being present, according to the affidavit.

Allen-Grace's arraignment is scheduled for 8 a.m. March 26 in Circuit Judge Brad Karren's court.

NW News on 02/23/2018

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