Sexual misconduct lawsuit against Floyd Board, teacher grows

by Jackson Latta - [email protected]

PRESTONSBURG – The Floyd County Board of Education is facing a additional accusations of sexual misconduct by a Floyd County teacher.

In May of this year, a lawsuit was filed by Ashland attorney Curtis E. Dotson, against Floyd County Schools alleging that the school district failed to respond, or did not respond adequately regarding allegations of sexual impropriety by a district teacher.

According to court records, the lawsuit against Floyd county schools was filed after allegations of sexual misconduct arose surrounding Floyd County teacher, Bernard Shayne Wicker.

Earlier this month, Floyd Circuit Judge Thomas M. Smith, granted Dotson’s motion to add the two additional plaintiffs’ to the pending lawsuit.

The lawsuit says the teacher, Wicker met the two male students through Allen Central High School in Floyd County and made sexual comments and advances toward them and attempted to coerce and seduce the two children into performing sex acts. The lawsuit claims Wicker asked the two students to show him their genitals or pictures in exchange for special treatment.

The names of the children have not being released due to their age.

When asked whether or not the alleged victims ever took their concerns to the police, Dotson said yes.

“The mother of one of the children in my original lawsuit called KSP (Kentucky State Police), and hence, a social services investigated (sic) was conducted,” said Dotson in a written response. “Social services found: “Neglect – Risk of harm” substantiated due to the fact that six male students reported the same thing.”

Dotson states that the Board of Education failed to investigate and take appropriate action, once made aware of the allegations, and in so doing, failed to maintain a safe environment for the students under its care.

A second plaintiff says he came forward to Paul Francis, another teacher at the school. The lawsuit alleges Francis failed report the misconduct, as did then-assistant principal Pam Frasier. The second plaintiff then told Allen Central High School Principal Larry Begley.

According to the original lawsuit, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services investigated the complaint and found six male students, dating back over four years, who made similar statements.

Dotson maintains that Wicker is receiving protection from the board due to being on the committee which approved the hiring of Henry Webb for his position as superintendent.

“Superintendent Webb turned a blind eye as a political favor,” says Dotson.

Wicker has since transferred to another school in the county, and is currently working as a resource teacher at Prestonsburg High School and J.D. Adams Middle School.

Floyd County Superintendent Henry Webb said that as a matter of policy, he was unable to comment on pending litigation, accept to say, “there are two sides to every story.”

by Jackson Latta

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