• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Former Woodford teacher faces rape, other charges

A 27-year-old Lexington woman, who was employed by Woodford County schools for three years and worked at Fayette County's Veterans Park Elementary last school year, has been charged with rape and other crimes against a male juvenile younger than 16 years old. A Woodford County grand jury returned an indictment on June 14 charging Lindsey B. Jarvis with third-degree rape, third-degree sodomy and third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor (a misdemeanor). Jarvis allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse and deviant sexual intercourse with the male juvenile in June 2016 and May 2016, according to the indictment. Jarvis, who will be arraigned on the charges in Woodford Circuit Court on Aug. 2, has also been charged with two counts of third-degree rape in Fayette County, according to Lexington Police Department public information Officer Brenna Angel. A social studies teacher at Woodford County Middle School beginning in August 2013, Jarvis was employed at WCMS through the 2015-16 school year. She tendered her letter of resignation in May 2016, schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins said. "Obviously you can never predict when something like this may happen, but I do see this as a very isolated incident," Hawkins said. He said the school system will continue to rely on extensive background checks before hiring a school employee. "Anybody that will be working with kids," said Hawkins, "we do a state and national (criminal) background check. And that has to come back clean, obviously, before they can be employed in our school district." New state legislation, beginning in July 2018, will require applicants for certified (teaching) positions to provide a school district with a letter from social services stating they have not faced any charges of abuse or neglect, Hawkins added.

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