November trial of a school principal accused of sexual assault

HORATIO, Ark. — Trial is set for Nov. 2 for a Horatio school district administrator accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

Labrada Lynn Vann, 41, of Horatio was arrested on April 8 for first-degree sexual assault. She pleaded not guilty at arraignment.

A trial date and a hearing for Oct. 6 were set after a motion for an extension was filed by Vann’s attorney, Charles Friday of Texarkana, Texas, according to court documents. Friday requested an extension due to his absence when Vann was scheduled to appear in court for a July 7 hearing. Documents also show that Friday requested more time because several issues remain with retaining an expert and their assessment of the case and the defendant.

Vann was a student dean and data coach at Horatio, according to the district’s website at the time of her arrest. The Sevier County Sheriff’s Office described Vann as deputy director in a press release issued at the time of the arrest.

The sheriff’s office was contacted by the Arkansas Crimes Against Children Hotline on April 4 in reference to a possible inappropriate relationship between Vann and a student, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office. The initial investigation led to an arrest warrant for Vann which was served days later.

Vann was placed on administrative leave from her job pending an investigation. His current status with the school district is unknown.

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Martha K. Merrill