Former educator arrested on molestation charges had no prior criminal background

DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. — A former DeSoto County School teacher’s assistant is still behind bars, five days after she was charged with fondling a child.

DeSoto County deputies arrested Amy Craft who worked at Overpark Elementary early Thursday morning.

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Craft is in jail under a $100,000 bond.

Investigators said Craft was arrested in front of Center Hill High School. They said a deputy on patrol checked out a car parked in front of the school and found Craft with a juvenile under 16-years-old.

According to a public records check, Craft has no prior criminal background. She also would have had to go through a background check to work as a DeSoto County teacher’s assistant for DeSoto County Schools.

Last week, the district referred to her as a former employee.

We asked Desoto County schools if Craft quit or was fired from her job at Overpark.

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The district has not said.

The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department said they are not releasing the affidavit or the report in this case because it involves a minor.

The sheriff’s department said there could be possible charges in other jurisdictions.

While Craft lives in Marshall County, we made some calls and found out she is not being investigated by the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department or the Byhalia Police Department.

She is also not being investigated by Olive Branch Police or Memphis Police.

Craft is due back in Justice Court on Monday, April 26th.