Former substitute claims superintendent flashed her

By Jason Miles - bio | email

EARLE, AR (WMC-TV) - Two year old tornado damage still marks the school district's administration building in Earle, Arkansas.  But there's another storm is brewing these days.

"What he did to me insulted my dignity," former substitute teacher Gwendolyn Bell said Monday.

She's at the center of the new "storm."

"He just unzipped his zipper and when I looked around, it was hanging out," Bell said.

She claims Superintendent Jack Crumbly, who is also an Arkansas State Senator, exposed himself to her during a brief meeting in his office back in September.

"And he asked me what could I do for him and I told him I'm not that type of woman," she said. "And he said it wouldn't take long."

Bell says the meeting with Crumbly concerned problems she was having with the principal at Earle High School.  She claims Crumbly promised to help before exposing himself while standing near a copying machine inside the central office.

"And his last words were, Ms. Bell, I apologize if I offended you," she said.

Bell says she waited to file a police report because she was afraid she'd lose her job as a substitute.  The City of Earle's acting police chief confirms an investigation is underway.

Meantime, Bell has a new job.

"I left on my own," she said.

She covered her bases Monday by filing a second report with the Crittenden County Sheriff's Department.

"I'm sorry for Ms. Crumbly and know this has to be an embarrassing situation, but it is what it is," she said.

She says she'd be satisfied if Mr. Crumbly gave up his job as superintendent.

Charges have not been filed in this case.  Crumbly referred Action News 5 to his attorney in Forrest City.  The attorney told us the allegations are unfounded and he expects the case to get nowhere.

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