Thursday, July 16, 2009

KY: Former teacher charged with sexual abuse

July 15, 2009 18:27 EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- A former central Kentucky high school teacher has been charged with having sex with a 16-year-old student.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Melissa Arnett was arrested on Tuesday morning, and charged with first-degree sexual abuse. She was released on $5,000 bail the same day.

Lexington's WLEX-television reports that Arnett taught special education at Bourbon County High School.

Police say Arnett admitted having sex with the boy several times over a two-month period and resigned from the school.

Investigators say Arnett is the third teacher in the county to be charged with engaging in sexually inappropriate behavior with a student in the past six months.

She is scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 13. It was not clear Wednesday afternoon if Arnett had an attorney.


Information from: WLEX-TV,

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