Former Hardin County teacher arraigned on sexual abuse charges

By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

& Chris McGill - bio | email

ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - A Hardin County teacher who was arrested earlier this week for having inappropriate relationships with two female students was arraigned and pleaded not guilty on sex abuse charges Friday. Hardin County District Judge Kimberly Shumate set Steven Gray's bond at $15,500 full cash.

Gray  taught social studies and coached track at Central Hardin High School for over four years. According to a criminal complaint, Gray had sexual intercourse with a 17-year-old female student seven to nine times at his residence between October 2009 and February of 2010. The victim has given two taped statements to state police and also turned over love notes passed between herself and Gray.  The complaint also alleges Gray had sexual encounters with another female student who was 16-years of age.

According to John Wright with the Hardin County school system, they investigated and believe Gray was involved in inappropriate behavior.

"What we found out that Mr. Gray did was totally inappropriate," said John Wright, Community Relations Specialist. "It was appalling. It was sickening. We have to keep almost 15,000 kids in our district safe and if one of those is harmed, that's one too many.

The complaint also states that Gray gave the 17-year-old student 10 to 11 shots of the herbal liqueur Jaegermeister and that the student was subsequently charged with DUI when driving home.

According to the complaint, Hardin County School officials indicated Gray admitted helping the teen pay her DUI costs.

Gray is due back in court for a pre-trail conference on January 28th.

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