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JCPS teacher charged with rape appears in court

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Scott Quisenberry entering court for his arraignment on August 19, 2013. Scott Quisenberry entering court for his arraignment on August 19, 2013.
Eric Farris Eric Farris

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A teacher accused of raping a minor plead not guilty to the charges against him on Monday.

Jefferson County Public School teacher Scott Quisenberry is charged with rape in the second degree - no force and two counts of rape in the third degree.

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The Commonwealth's attorney said the victim was a student at the school Quisenberry worked. During the years of the alleged rapes, he was a science teacher at Bullitt Lick Middle School.

Eric Farris, Attorney for Bullitt County Schools said staff members became concerned over the victim and Quisenberry's relationship in 2010.

"This particular student who had moved on to one of the high schools kept coming back after school and spending time in his classroom." Farris said, "He had been observed putting his hand on her back in a way that one of the staff members thought 'I don't know if he should do that.'"

Quisenberry's wife and the victim's mother also worked at Bullitt Lick Middle School.

Farris said they notified the Cabinet of Family and Children, which is a requirement, and the cabinet forwarded the information to Nelson County investigators.

He said they did not find grounds to investigate. When the school district questioned the mother of the victim she said they were friends with the Quisenberrys. He said, "The mother of the child said I know that they are close. I know they spend time together and it's ok."

Farris said the suspect and victim were asked not to see each other on school grounds.

Quisenberry left the Bullitt County School System at the end of the school year in 2011 after urging for change to his instruction and requirements for more certifications.

In 2012 Quisenberry was employed with Kerrick Elementary School in the JCPS district.

Quisenberry is being held on a $10,000 cash bond. His next court date is September 3.

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