A former Vilonia school teacher has pleaded guilty to two counts of harassment in Conway District Court after being accused earlier this year of taking video up women's skirts at a local Walmart.
Michael Rush, 55, was then sentenced to 180 days in jail with 150 days suspended.
Another condition of his plea is that he can't go inside any Walmart store for one year.
Rush was also ordered to continue therapy.
His case will be reviewed in 90 days. If he screws up, then he will have to serve his entire time.
He will serve his 30 days jail time on the weekends, starting tomorrow.
It's not uncommon, especially for people that have jobs. However, Rush's current employment situation isn't known. He was fired from the Vilonia School district in July.
Original story (July 25):
There are new details tonight about the man accused of taking video up women's skirts at a Conway Walmart.
The Vilonia School District voted this week to fire the 15 year veteran teacher.
The superintendent recommended the firing. He's says, given the circumstances, it was the right thing to do.
Police say several different times 55-year-old Michael Rush would use an i-Pod concealed in a notebook to record up women's skirts while they were shopping.
Sometimes, investigators say, he'd even pretend to drop a piece of paper before he'd slip the recording device between their legs. Most of the women didn't even know it was happening.
But through our series of stories, we spoke with one of the victims who were just shocked to know this was happening to her.
Rush is charged with misdemeanor harassment. He will be in Conway District Court next month.
Monday, the school board voted unanimously to fire Rush.
He had the opportunity to get a hearing, but he didn't say he wanted one.
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