JANUARY 8, 2016
Band director arrested, charged with video voyeurism and unlawful transaction with a minor
Curtis Bennett, a teacher and band director at Marion County High School, was arrested Wednesday by Marion County Sheriff deputies and charged with video voyeurism and third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.
Bennett, 33, of Buffalo was released Thursday morning from the Marion County Detention Center on a $10,000 cash bond. He is scheduled to appear in Marion District Court at 9 a.m. Jan. 11.
According to Kentucky Revised Statues, a person is guilty of video voyeurism when he or she intentionally: (a) Uses or causes the use of any camera, videotape, photooptical, photoelectric, or other image recording device for the purpose of observing, viewing, photographing, filming, or videotaping the sexual conduct, genitals, or nipple of the female breast of another person without that person’s consent; and (b) Uses or divulges any image so obtained for consideration; or (c) Distributes any image so obtained by live or recorded visual medium, electronic mail, the Internet, or a commercial on-line service.
Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements emailed a media release concerning Bennett’s arrest, stating that an investigation conducted by the sheriff’s office found evidence of inappropriate activity with a female student. The criminal complaint states that the inappropriate activity took place on Dec. 26.
Additional charges are expected, according to Clements.
Bennett has been a teacher and band director at MCHS since August of 2011.
Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser emailed a written statement concerning Bennett’s arrest, and stated that she first learned of the allegations at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday from sheriff deputies.
“We are cooperating with law enforcement and Marion County Public Schools will be conducting their own investigation,” Schlosser wrote. “We are asking anyone that has additional information to contact our office… As always, our first priority is the safety and well-being of our students.”
Anyone with additional information should call Schlosser at the Marion County Board of Education Office, 270-692-3721, or the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, 270-692-3051.
By Stevie Lowery
The Lebanon Enterprise