Principal arrested for sexual abuse of a minor

Posted at 5:00 PM, Jan 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-23 23:34:36-05

The principal of a Mountain Home middle school is behind bars accused of sexually abusing a minor.

Hacker middle school principal John Fredrick Clark was booked into Elmore county jail just after 9:00 Friday night.

The Mountain Home School District Superintendent released a statement to parents that reads as follows.



Dear Parents and Guardians,

As many of you may or may not know, the Principal of Hacker Middle School was arrested Friday evening.  While the district normally doesn’t publically address personnel matters, due to the severity of these allegations, we feel it is important to reassure our parents that the safety of your children is our top priority.  We want to inform parents that this incident did not involve any Hacker students or happen on school grounds.  The principal is no longer in the building and has been placed on administrative leave by the district.  While we know there may be many questions regarding this situation, the district is limited on the information that can be provided, as this is a personnel and criminal matter.

As we move forward, we want to assure you that we have a plan in place to address the needs of students and staff at Hacker Middle School. 


James Gilbert, Superintendent