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By Kathy J. PraterPaintsville HeraldAmong those indicted Friday by a Johnson County grand jury was a Johnson Central High School teacher, accused of inappropriate conduct with a student.
CantrellRobert L. Cantrell, 25, of Prestonsburg, was indicted on charges of unlawful transaction with a minor, first degree; and two counts of use of a minor in a sexual performance.
According to the indictment, the grand jury charges that Cantrell allegedly “induced, assisted or otherwise caused a minor, under the age of 18, to engage in illegal sexual activity” on May 27, June 26, and July 2.
Cantrell is facing a possible prison sentence of up to ten years.
According to information received from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, the office received a complaint from a concerned party in reference to a teacher at JCHS that was actively pursuing an inappropriate relationship with a female student at the school.
A criminal investigation was conducted by the sheriff’s office with the assistance of the Kentucky Attorney General’s Electronic Crimes Unit. The investigation resulted in information leading to Cantrell’s arrest.
Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Clark said he has “full confidence” that school officials were unaware of Cantrell’s inappropriate actions.
Once informed, school officials immediately suspended Cantrell and later terminated his employment with the school system after conducting an internal investigation and collaborating with law enforcement officials.
Cantrell also faces possible criminal charges in Floyd County as a result of the JCSO’s investigation.
Cantrell’s case remains under investigation by Dep. Clark and Chief Deputy Kevin Pelphrey of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.
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