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Teacher accused for sexual assault weeks into first job, now charged

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LITTLE ROCK (KATV) -- Just a couple of weeks into starting his career, a Little Rock teacher was accused of sexual assaulting a student during a lunch break.

Channel Seven learned Monday that 24-year-old Joshua Cameron was only on the job a few weeks into 2013-2014 school year as a teacher at Little Rock's eStem Charter School, when a female student accused him of sexual assault.

It was Cameron's first teaching job out of college, and if what the student said is true, it could be his last.

In August of this school year, a student claimed Cameron placed his hands down her pants at lunch break, according to the police report filed. Cameron resigned from his high school English teaching position just a couple of weeks later.

Friday, he was arrested and charged with sexual assault for the incident.

"Anytime we have this type of an allegation it really does, I mean it's hard to deal with," said John Bacon, CEO of eStem Charter School.

Bacon said the school immediately contacted the sexual abuse hotline after learning of the accusations, but said this is a case of unfortunately not knowing the real truth.

"Obviously in this situation we have two sides to the story. We don't know what happened, there weren't any other witnesses and so I'm sure this will play out in the court system the way it should," Bacon continued.

We spoke to Cameron Monday and he referred me to his attorney while maintaining innocence. 

Cameron is represented by Jeff Rosenzweig of Little Rock, who said in a statement to Channel Seven: "The charges are unfounded. They are not true. If the prosecutor files charges in circuit court there will be a jury trial. We believe a jury will find it's not true."

As of Monday those charges had not been officially charged in circuit court, but Cameron is due back in court for a call-back in the coming months.

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