Owsley County High School Teacher Charged with Sexual Abuse
A teacher at Owsley County High School in Kentucky has been arrested for allegedly having sexual contact with at least two students. 40-year-old James Cornett, of Beattyville, is charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse.
Investigators with the Kentucky State Police say they were notified of the allegations against Cornett on Monday, November 11.
Cornett was employed as a teacher at Owsley County High School in Booneville at the time of the alleged abuse.
He was booked at the Three Forks Regional Jail in Lee County, Kentucky after his arrest and has been placed on administrative leave.
This investigation remains ongoing. Police have asked anyone with related information to call the Kentucky State Police Richmond post at 859-623-2404.
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Legal Recourse For Teacher Sex Abuse Victims and Their Families
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents sex abuse victims and their families in civil lawsuits. Here are some thoughts from Brian on the legal options available to those who have been sexually abused by teachers and other school employees:
Sadly, sexual predators are often found working from positions of trust – including as teachers and other school employees. Our schools must take the threat of these predators seriously and must do all in their power to protect their students from being sexually abused. But tragically, sexual abuse of students by teachers is a major problem affecting schools throughout the country.
It goes without saying that sexual predators must face criminal penalties for their terrible crimes. Additionally, schools that fail to protect their students also deserve to be held accountable for enabling abuse through negligence. School sex abuse victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the school district if negligence played a role in the abuse – such as failing to respond to previous complaints of inappropriate behavior by the accused teacher.
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Location of Owsley County High School in Booneville, KY
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