Charges against former Hardin County teacher dismissed

(source: Hardin Co. Detention Center)
(source: Hardin Co. Detention Center)

ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - Charges against a former Hardin County teacher accused of having sexual contact with two female students have been dismissed.

Hardin Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton granted the prosecutors motion last week to dismiss the sex abuse charges against former high school teacher Steven Gray.

Gray was charged with two counts of sex abuse in December 2010 after anonymous allegations were made that he had sexual relations with two students who were 17 an 16 at the time.

Gray was a teacher at Central Hardin High School.

When the case went to trial, the jury couldn't reach a unanimous decision and a mistrial was declared.

The Assistant Commonwealth Attorney stated that she didn't think the evidence could be presented in a different way to produce a different outcome.

According to court documents obtained by WAVE 3, both of the victims families expressed their desire to put the case behind them and wished not to retry the case.

But, Judge Easton said the case should have been retried.

He noted that there was evidence of a confession which strongly suggests that most, though not all of the contact was consensual. But added that the decision to prosecute does not lie with the courts.

In a written order he identified several problems with the statute Gray was accused of violating and the Commonwealth Attorney's Office presentation of the case.

Gray's contract with Hardin County Schools was terminated. They say it's up to the education professional standard board if he can teach again.

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