John Cariel is the fourth Grayson County teacher charged with sex crimes in 18 months.
LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (WHAS11) — The Tuesday morning arrest of a Grayson County Middle School teacher on sex-related charges involving a student was the 4th such arrest of an educator in the district since the beginning of 2017.
Leitchfield Police said a student informed a school resource officer at the high school of an inappropriate relationship between John Cariel and a middle school student.
Cariel, 65, is a language arts teacher at the middle school, but school officials said the 13-year-old student was not in his class.
“Through the investigation, it was found that contact through the juvenile victim and Mr. Cariel did not take place as a result of the connection in the school system,” Leitchfield Police Captain Brandon Cook told reporters Tuesday afternoon.
Instead, Cook said, Cariel contacted the student through a social media app. Cook said investigators contacted the 13-year-old and confirmed the information from the tip. He said they also reached out to Cariel, whom police reports said admitted to the crimes.
An arrest citation for Cariel said he sent nude pictures of himself to the student through the social media app and later met the student in person but off campus.
“The offender exposed his genitalia to the victim, then allowed the juvenile victim to perform oral sex on him,” an investigator wrote in the citation.
“I am sickened and dismayed,” Superintendent Doug Robinson said in an emailed statement, “We realize that trust within our own system has now been broken due to the actions of a few.”
The statement also said any allegation is immediately turned over to law enforcement to be investigated.
“Grayson County Schools will not tolerate even a suggestion of improper behavior or contact between teachers and students.”
Cariel’s arrest comes less than a week after Kentucky State Police charged Grayson County High School teacher Roger Williams in a similar case. Investigators said Williams admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old female student and touching the student’s private areas while seated at his desk inside the school.
Two other high school teachers were also recently charged with sex-related crimes in the past 18 months.
The district spokesperson said Jonathan Jones and Gavin Logsdon resigned their positions with the district while they were in the process of being fired.
Williams, the spokesperson said, was recently fired.
“One time is too many, but this many times in a short amount of time. It is disheartening but these people are adults, they’re going to have to act like adults,” Cook said, “If these people are going to make these decisions, they’re going to have to live with the consequences. “
An official with the state’s Education Professional Standards Board said when an educator is accused of a crime, a file is opened for the board to review. The board has the options of revoking or suspending an educator’s license among other disciplinary measures.
Any action by the EPSB would be separate from any criminal action.
All 4 criminal cases are still making their way through the court system.