Parents, Educators React to Webster County Teacher Arrest

What started as an investigation in to a death in Webster County last month, lands a teacher in jail facing child pornography charges.

Lucia Jenkins is charged with possessing material portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Jenkins was a teacher at Webster County Middle School.

Webster County School Superintendent Dr. Rachel Yarbrough says Jenkins worked at the middle school at the time of her arrest. Her arrest has left many here around the county surprised.

"It makes you sick just thinking about it," says Emily Abbott, whose daughter attends Webster County Middle School and was about to have Jenkins as a teacher.

"She was getting ready to have her in the next semester," Abbott says. "I've got nieces and nephews that's there too as well as my daughter."

She couldn't believe the news of Jenkins's arrest, and couldn't fathom the effects of what Jenkins allegedly had on her phone could have on her child.

"I don't want her to get the wrong thoughts and the wrong impression on what's good and what is not," she says.

Kentucky State Police say the items were found while searching her phone as part of a separate death investigation started last month in the providence area. Court records show she admitted to knowing of the items to investigators. 

"It's really unbelievable that a person can go to school like that and not know they were that way," says Karen Pryor of Providence.

Dr. Yarbrough says Jenkins was a social studies teacher at the middle school at the time. She says there is no reason to believe at this time that the arrest is connected to a school related incident.  

"We will fully cooperate with the Kentucky State Police's investigation and we will continue to take steps to ensure the safety of students at all Webster County Schools," says Dr. Yarbrough. Dr. Yarbrough adds that the school district is starting their own internal investigation.

(This story was originally published on October 3, 2017).


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