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JCPS investigates sex email sent from employee account

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - An administrator at a downtown Louisville middle school claims she was framed in a sex scandal. A sexually explicit e-mail was sent from the administrator's work account to every staff member at Meyzeek Middle School.

Parents had not seen the email until we showed it to them after and we took care to not reveal the recipient's identity.

"It's kind of freaky," said Deandre Carter. "I mean, this is crazy."

A seemingly private, sexually explicit message that went public when it was sent to the entire staff at Meyzeek from the work email account of a school  administrator.

"You can't write that stuff and have people see that," parent Phillip Dearner said. "That's personal, I mean, that's weird."

The email, dated October 5, begins with the words "My love."

"After your game tonight I need you to embrace me," Carter read from the email.

It continues in a manner not suitable for TV or the JCPSNET acceptable use policy which prohibits sexually explicit material. The email included an attachment of a naked picture of the administrator.

"My first initial thought would be an administrator wouldn't write that," Dearner said. "So somebody had to hack into her, or his, email address."

That's exactly what the administrator claimed in an emergency protective order filed with the Jefferson County Sheriffs Department. In it she accused her ex-boyfriend, a Myers Middle School teacher,  of stealing the explicit photo from her Gmail account then hacking into her work email and sending it out to her co-workers along with the x-rated letter.

The Myers teacher, who took out his own EPO against the administrator, denies the allegation. He provided a copy of a sexual harassment complaint he filed against the administrator weeks earlier. That complaint is now part of ongoing investigation by the Jefferson County Public School system and the state professional standards board.

But investigators do not believe the administrator wrote the email in large part because it contains information about her that is inaccurate.

"It looks like somebody is trying to set this person up really," Carter said. "I mean for you to send it to everybody, it doesn't make any sense."

Investigators can't make sense of it either. They have been unable  to figure out where the email actually came from because the code on the email doesn't match the work or home computers of anyone involved. Meaning the true author may remain a mystery.

JCPS said disciplinary action is still not out of the question but declined to say for what or for whom. LMPD is also now involved investigating sexual assault claims made by the administrator against the teacher. An LMPD spokesman said so far, no charges have been filed.

Both employees remain in their positions at their respective schools.

In an email, the administrators attorney, Cynthia Effinger wrote, "While we appreciate the opportunity to comment on the story, my client is not in a position to do so at this time except to say that my client did not send, authorize or otherwise know about the email that is the subject of your report."

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