NORTH LITTLE ROCK — A former substitute teacher at Catholic High School for Boys in Little Rock turned herself in to authorities Tuesday on a charge of sexual assault in the first degree.

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — A former substitute teacher at Catholic High School for Boys in Little Rock turned herself in to authorities Tuesday on a charge of sexual assault in the first degree.


Erica Suskie, 43, wife of former Arkansas Public Service Commission Chairman Paul Suskie, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a student who attended Catholic High.


Erica Suskie entered a plea of not guilty in North Little Rock District Court on Tuesday and was released on her own recognizance. A March 16 court date has been set in the case.


An affidavit for an arrest warrant states that the investigation began in October 2015 after the North Little Rock Police Department received a report from the Crimes Against Children Division of the Arkansas State Police regarding alleged sexual abuse.


According to the heavily redacted affidavit, investigators interviewed a male juvenile victim, also in October 2015, who claimed to have had "sexual contact and intercourse with Erica Suskie."


The alleged victim’s mother told investigators Suskie was one of her best friends and a person she trusted to care for her children. The mother said she had approached Suskie to help tutor her son in Algebra.


The affidavit states that Suskie and the student had sex numerous times at Suskie’s home in North Little Rock and at her parents’ home in Sherwood between April and October of last year.


Others who were interviewed showed police text messages, screenshots of text messages and a photograph Suskie allegedly sent to the victim.


An attorney for Suskie did not immediately return a call Tuesday afternoon seeking comment.


Erica Suskie has served in the past on various board and commissions in North Little Rock. Paul Suskie is a former North Little Rock city attorney and was a 2006 candidate for the Democratic nomination for state attorney general, which he lost to Dustin McDaniel, who went on to win the general election. He also has considered running for Congress.