West Memphis school janitor charged with sexual assault of minor

(WMC-TV) - A janitor at a West Memphis school has been charged with sexual assault.

Students and parents at West Memphis High School were surprised by the arrest of janitor Robert Rains, charged with sexual assault on a child under 10 years old.

"Very shocked," said student Nyclauya Anderson.  "It's very sad."

"He was at work when he was arrested," said West Memphis Police Chief Donald Oakes.

West Memphis police armed with a warrant showed up on Wednesday morning after students arrived to make the arrest.  Principal Jon Collins said students were not aware of what was going on.

"It's unfortunate, definitely, but it happened with an employee of ours," said Collins.  "We're not proud of that by any means, but it was not a school-related issue."

Investigators said the alleged sexual assault on the child did not happen at school.  Rains has worked at the school for several years.

Arkansas schools are required to do background checks on people before they are hired.  Collins said that is exactly what the school district did, and Rains was cleared to work.

"To me, he was a quiet man," said student Brittany Morgan.

"Very shocked, but at the same time, that's something that's happening all too often," said parent Tremaine Stafford.

Rains is being held on a $100,000 bond.

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