On Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, representatives from the Mena School District notified the Polk County Sheriff’s Office about allegations of an inappropriate relationship between a Mena High School teacher and a student.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Prosecuting Attorneys Office opened an investigation into the allegations.
On Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, Michael Andrew Philpot, age 43 of Mena, was arrested on a warrant for Sexual Assault 2nd degree. Philpot, a former employee of the Mena School District, was booked into the Polk County Detention Center.
Sheriff Sawyer stated, “This is an ongoing investigation and as such I can’t comment further on the specifics. But, I would like to thank the Mena School District, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and my deputies for their hard work on this case. They did a great job putting this together.”
The above charges are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.