A Providence police officer is arraigned on charges stemming from the investigation into a Webster County teacher.
Assistant Police Chief Larry ‘Alan’ King was arraigned this morning for official misconduct, a misdemeanor. He allegedly failed to report illegal activity by Lucia Jenkins before her arrest earlier this month.
The charge against King comes more than two weeks after the first set of charges against Jenkins were filed. Providence residents say they’re saddened and surprised about the latest chapter in this story.
What originally started as an arrest for alleged child pornography possession is becoming a case going in more directions. Providence residents Johnny and Dianne Mcvay still can’t believe the news.
“We heard about the teacher first a little bit, then we heard a little bit more,” Dianne says.
“I’m 56 years old and I’ve never seen anything like this before,” says Johnny.
Kentucky State Police Say King was having a relationship with Jenkins, who was a teacher at Webster Co. Middle School at the time of her arrest,, and knew about her alleged drug use and deviant fantasies with minors. KSP also says king failed to report her behavior to his superiors and Webster County School officials.
“I think it was wrong,” says James Stone, a Providence resident. “I would have thought it was wrong for not reporting it because she should get in trouble for doing what she was doing.”
Providence City Attorney Ben Leonard says King was suspended with pay as the investigation continues. Jenkins’s preliminary hearing, scheduled for Tuesday, was postponed because she’s now in an inpatient treatment.
“You just don’t know what you’re going to see now at any time,” Johnny McVay says.
Meanwhile, Jenkins is expected to be back in court on November 7th. King’s next hearing is scheduled for December 12th.
(This story was originally published on October 17, 2017)