Teacher Charged With Misconduct

By: Cynthia Ibarra Email
By: Cynthia Ibarra Email

Lincoln Shane Bentley was arrested yesterday, after Kentucky State Police opened an investigation stemming from a disturbing accusation made by one of his students.

A student claims Bentley told her that he would give her a higher grade if she showed him her breasts.

The student told police it happened last month at East Ridge High School, in Pike County.

Superintendent Roger Wagner said Bentley was suspended with pay until the case is settled.

Bentley's attorney, Robert Wright, asked the public to hold off on passing judgment because his client was innocent until proven guilty.

Bentley pled not guilty to two counts of official misconduct. He has been ordered not to be on East Ridge school grounds or have contact with any students.

If convicted, Bentley could receive up to a year in jail and a $500 fine.

Bentley is an English teacher and an assistant football coach at the school.

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  • by KYGAL Location: Jenkins, KY on Jun 27, 2008 at 03:11 PM
    I can't believe that Jenkins Independent Schools would even consider someone to teach our children. People do make mistakes unfortunately, when you make a mistake you have to go up to the bat and take your punishment. If the people and student's family at Jenkins Independent Schools hires him then I feel sorry that the people would prefer a coach over a teacher. I heard that some teachers may lose their job in order to fill him into the new position. Very sad. I hope everyone can live with the decision.
  • by Lori Location: whitesburg on Jun 26, 2008 at 06:03 PM
    It's a sad, sad situation indeed whichever way the verdict goes. Still, I believe are students are relatively safe in our schools. I think the API reported that 100 incidents occur approximately in ky schools. Then, of course, some of these are false allegations and some are true. I would think 100 incidents divided by the number of students is still a small number compared to the number of children that are abused at hom. Of course it is not right...but still life is not lived in a bubble; things will happen and i do not believe the situation is "out of control"
  • by Sami Location: Haymond on Apr 14, 2008 at 08:38 AM
    Of course these things need to be investigated. I am a teacher and I know life is complicated at school. I know Mr. Bentley and I do not believe this happened, but I will wait for the courts to decide. Also, his contract at Jenkins has been suspended until a verdict has been reached. I also know a bit of background to this situation--I think the girl said something she had no idea would cause this much ruckus. Next time, ladies, do your work and turn it in and study for you exams and you will not find yourself in this situation. Again, I am a school teacher--students words cannot always be taken at face value--and neither can some teachers...It's okay to say sexual abuse is wrong..but entirely wrong to convict someone....I can take a warrent out on anybody and have them arrested.
  • by J Location: KY on Apr 14, 2008 at 04:23 AM
    For once, I have to agree with WOW. The names of the accused should not be released until guilt or innocence is proven. The damage to an innocent teacher's reputation is beyond repair.
  • by someone watching this story Location: Pike County on Apr 13, 2008 at 11:29 AM
    Just wondering, what happened to all the other comments that were on this site? Some of the comments that made it on here on Thursday and Friday are now gone. I have a child that goes to this school and I would like to see what all the other parents and the community has to say. I do have one more comment, I agree 100% to the innocent until proven guilty. And why did it take so long for this to be addressed if it happened a month ago? I was told about this by my child a good week before he was arrested and then it was all over the news.
  • by Fed Up Location: pike on Apr 13, 2008 at 09:01 AM
    I am suprised this even made the news! Alot happens that parents don't even know about.You have teachers calling kids names like "looser" and who knows what else and it is swept under the rug.God only knows what goes on in schools today!
  • by Wow Location: Richmond on Apr 12, 2008 at 09:15 AM
    All it took was one girl saying some thing happened an entire month before she reported it and his future is crushed permanatly. We should revise the laws on protecting minors that are at an age that they may be tried as an adult. Or at the least revise the way the name of the accused is released. After all innocent until guilty is the biggest hypocrasy of this nation.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 12, 2008 at 07:18 AM
    For a higher grade? What if she's a dumb little girl and it's only going to get her a C- ?
  • by Kent Location: Springfield on Apr 12, 2008 at 05:35 AM
    Greed. it is rampant in every aspect of our society. Seems as though everyone is ready to pull the lawsuit trigger for some quick cash while destroying someones reputation. Remember there will be eternal consequences for such greed and selfish acts. Our prayers are for your souls.
  • by bob Location: ert on Apr 11, 2008 at 04:18 PM
    dont blame the victim, Innocent until proven guilty. Both need a timeout
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