HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) – A former teacher in the Henderson County School System is accused of having sexual contact with a juvenile student.
The juvenile told authorities that she had sexual contact with 27-year-old Evan Harvey on multiple occasions throughout the 2018-19 school year.
Harvey no longer works for the Henderson County School System. He most recently worked for Daviess County Public Schools but was suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.
He was previously a teacher at the Central Learning Academy in Henderson, police said.
Thursday, Harvey was arrested and charged with sodomy 3rd degree.
Henderson County Schools released a statement Thursday, saying officials were notified of the incident on September 10 and immediately contact law enforcement and the Department of Community Based Services.
Read the full statement here:
“Mr. Harvey was a teacher at Central Academy for the 2018-2019 school year. We were notified of the incident on September 10, 2019 and immediately contacted local law enforcement and Department of Community Based Services. The safety of all Henderson County students and staff is a top priority for both the school system and Henderson Police Department.”
Here’s a statement provided by Daviess County Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Dr. Amy Shutt:
It is our policy to not comment on any personnel matters.
However, here are some things we can share:
“We can confirm that this individual is employed by the Daviess County Public Schools district at Tamarack Elementary School. These allegations were made known to us on Sept. 10 and since that date, this individual has been suspended, pending the results of the investigation.
There are no allegations of inappropriate behavior involving students at any Daviess County Public School.
The safety of the children entrusted to our care is our highest priority. As a district, we take that responsibility seriously and hold ourselves and one another to the highest standards of ethical behavior.
Information about this allegation came to our attention on Sept. 10. Immediately upon receipt of this information, this individual was placed on suspension and has not been on any DCPS school campus since that time.
DCPS follows a strict screening process as part of our hiring procedures. This includes local, state and federal criminal background checks; and confirmation from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services stating that the applicant has no findings of substantiated child abuse or neglect.
Candidates for employment are not hired or placed in contact with students until those reports are received and cleared.
Any allegation of inappropriate behavior on behalf of a staff member is immediately reported to the appropriate agencies. As per Board policy, the employee is suspended pending the outcome of that investigation. We cooperate fully with any investigations.
We are committed that all DCPS schools remain safe places for children to learn and grow. We continue to build positive relationships with students, families and with one another, which ensures that we all feel safe in reporting any issues of concern to a trusted adult.”
(This story was originally published on September 19, 2019)