May Told To Report To Prison By JAMES L. WHITE 03/10/2006 Email to a friendPost a CommentPrinter-friendly Jimmy Ray May, the 45-year-old former taekwondo instructor convicted of first-degree sexual abuse of one of his teen-aged students, has been ordered to report to the Boone County Jail to await transport to prison. [IMG]http://bannerads.zwire.com/ban...AREA=467&VERT=2474&NAREA=410&barnd=1516[/IMG] The Arkansas Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of a Boone County man convicted of first-degree sexual abuse of one of his teen-aged students. May, 45, was arrested and charged with raping the girl, who told police she was 13 at the time, in March 2003. He was tried by jury in November 2004 and acquitted on the rape charge, but the jury did convict on first-degree sexual abuse and sentenced May to six years in prison. May appealed that conviction and was allowed to remain free on appeal bond of $25,000 since a few days after his conviction and has been free since that time. On appeal, he argued that there wasn't enough evidence to convict him of the charge because he wasn't ever a custodian or temporary caretaker of the girl, even though May routinely took the girl home from practice, with the approval of her parents, and to and from out-of-town taekwondo tournaments. The higher court discounted that argument and upheld his conviction in mid-February. The Boone County Circuit Clerk's office received a mandate Wednesday that informed officials of the upheld conviction and ordered him to report to the Boone County Sheriff's Office immediately. "If the surrender is not immediate," the mandate said, "his bond is declared forfeited and a warrant shall issue for [May's] arrest." Sheriff Danny Hickman said Wednesday afternoon that May was not yet in custody, but he also said he has been in contact with May since the mandate came down from the Court of Appeals. "He has been ordered to report immediately," Hickman said.