Wayne County Teacher Quits Amidst Allegations Of Student Relationship

It apparently began with a discovery of text messages that some parents of a Wayne County High School Student knew didn't belong on their daughter's cell phone.

“The way the parents discovered this, they allegedly found some inappropriate text messages from him,” said Superintendent John Dalton.

Dalton says those messages were from Brent Sexton. Sexton taught English at the high school. That discovery resulted in the parents and their daughter going straight to the superintendent.

“And she told me she had a relationship with a high school teacher,” said Dalton.

Dalton gave Sexton, who's also the high school golf coach, 2 options.

“When we were doing our investigation, we were finding out things on Friday, I had enough information to either fire him or ask for his resignation,” said Dalton.

Sexton chose to quit. Police were not called. Dalton says he didn't find any evidence of a crime but he says Sexton clearly crossed the line.

“It's our responsibility as teachers to conduct ourselves in a way that doesn't give the students any impression of anything other than a professional relationship,” said Dalton.

Sexton has taught in Wayne County since 1996.

“I know Brent. It was a shock to me that the parents and this young lady came in and gave me that information, said Dalton.

Information that may shed a lot of doubt on Sexton's teaching future because incident has also been reported to the
Education Professional Standards Board.

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  • by mule Location: monticello on Aug 29, 2008 at 07:07 PM
    he had to get it somewhere and i dont see no wrong if the girl is almost 19
  • by Anonymous on Aug 29, 2008 at 05:44 AM
    If she is 18, that changes the whole situation...somewhat. Yes, she's an adult and there shouldn't be criminal charges, but he is still in a position of authority/power and should be, as a teacher, setting a good example for his students. The guy has to be at least in his mid-thirties...why "prey" on one of his students...he had to know it would get him in trouble. I guess the thrill and conquest of a high schooler trumped having a career and a good name.
  • by Parent at W.C. Location: Monticello on Aug 29, 2008 at 12:04 AM
    First and formost, Brent probably crossed the line so to say. However, this girl is almost 19yrs old. Its not like she is a minor. I think she knew what she was doing also. So is she going to get kicked out of school at W.C.? Let me tell you, he is not the first to do this! We have one teacher that is still living with a girl that graduated from Wayne Co. nothing has been said about that! It's all in who you are!! Brent was a wonderful teacher. The kids learn alot in his class. I think he should be able to come back. JMO I want to wish Brent good luck and I hope you can get your life back in order after this whole ordeal. Bless You!! We are going to miss you Brent
  • by Anonymous Location: Everywhere on Aug 28, 2008 at 12:55 PM
    Innocent until proven guilty.
  • by Phil Location: Lexington on Aug 28, 2008 at 10:39 AM
    I'm surprised the parents are even involved in this "relationship" between their adult daughter and the man she chose to get cozy with. Could it be that they are somehow unaware that their daughter is NOT an innocent child manipulated by the teacher, but has plenty of experience?
  • by Jim Bob Location: downtown on Aug 28, 2008 at 08:44 AM
    If she was 18, what was the problem?
  • by JD Location: Monticello on Aug 27, 2008 at 10:24 PM
    The girl is 18 years old. That is why there is no criminal charges.
  • by Cally Location: Monticello on Aug 27, 2008 at 04:34 PM
    Yes, this is/was morally wrong and both are at fault, but it doesn't make them bad people. Brent was a great teacher and everyone loved his classes because of his upbeat personality. On behalf of some of his former students I wish this could have been handled privately and not ruined his career because he had a bright future ahead and he is missed.
  • by Ron Location: Corbin on Aug 27, 2008 at 02:10 PM
    This "student" is an adult, she is 18 years old, turning 19 next month. Last I checked legal adult age is 18. This teacher has not done anything wrong, but now his career and reputation is destroyed. The news needs to do another report updating on the girls age.
  • by Dana Location: London on Aug 27, 2008 at 01:46 PM
    They forgot to mention this student will be nineteen next month. Not like he is talking to a minor.
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