Former teacher pleads not guilty to sex abuse charges

ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - A former LaRue County High School teacher pleaded not guilty on charges she sexually abused a student.

Natalie Gentry appeared in Hardin County District Court during an arraignment hearing Friday.

Gentry, 33, is charged with one count of sexual abuse, a felony, and two counts of official misconduct, a Class B misdemeanor. The charges came after a KSP investigation that began in October into allegation that Gentry engaged in sexual relations with at least one male student at her home in Hardin County.

Gentry is no longer an employee of the school district. In a statement issued to WAVE 3 in November, Sam Sanders, the LaRue County Schools superintendent, said Gentry was notified in writing on October 24 that her contract had been terminated.

Family members of the accuser say the teen mowed Gentry's lawn last summer as part of his part-time lawn care business.

Gentry was booked into the Hardin County Detention Center in January and was released after posting bond.

She is scheduled to be back in court for a preliminary hearing March 12th.

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