Former Teacher Is Found Not Guilty On Official Misconduct Charges

A former Pike County teacher charged with official misconduct is found not guilty.

After several delays, testimony wrapped up Lincoln Bentley's trial late Thursday.

He was accused of asking a student to show him her breasts for a higher grade.

Officials say it took less than an hour for a jury to find him innocent.

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  • by not available on Jan 26, 2009 at 04:29 PM
    hey Wondering... I know the girl who made the acusation... :/ I went to school with her, played volleyball with her and basketball.. she's a lovely girl, i don't blame her for going straight to her parents about this
  • by Sarah Location: Marrowbone KY on Jan 26, 2009 at 04:26 PM
    Mr. Lincoln Bentley was the best English teacher I had at East Ridge... I was in his first period class and I couldn't wait to head to school and start the day with reading...
  • by Wondering Location: Pikeville on Jan 24, 2009 at 02:56 PM
    The girl that made the accusation has switched schools several times, has even failed a one really knows the truth but her or the is sad to think that an injustice has been done on either side, but this goes to show that parents need to be involved in their children's education ALL the time, not just when there is a problem, if they were, there would be many LESS problems. Knowing the girl, there isn't much home support, now whether or not she told the truth, who's to say? Kids figure out at a young age how to manipulate to get their way especially when they grow up seeing their parents do it everyday.
  • by viewer 1 on Jan 24, 2009 at 06:47 AM
    does any one really know how dangerous some of the kids are today they can say somthing and you have to prove you didnt do it all the cost involved to the victum(accused) its true some adults are wrong and should be punished not every one is gulty even if you are not gulty and found that way it follows you from now on
  • by Anonymous Location: Pike Co on Jan 23, 2009 at 06:07 AM
    "Concernedmommy09" is a prime example of how one minded people can be in Pike Co. Did it ever cross your mind that he was innocent the whole time, and that the student lied to try to get out of trouble. It's called shifting the focus to make you seem like the victim! It's sad to know that this teacher has spent the last 10 months fighting this accusation in court, REFUSING pleas offered by the co. attorney's office, and would still get a response such as this one. People need to WAKE UP and realize that kids now a days are not the same kids they were when you and I were in school. I think this has alot to do with why schools can't keep good teachers. The law states innocent until proven guilty. This teacher was innocent before court and a panel of jurors found him innocent again.....IN LESS THAN AN HOUR! It's still sad to see that this man will still have to fight the "Court of Public Opinion"! I also hope I don't have "concernedmommy09" kids in class...I may be in trouble then!
  • by Bill Location: Pikeville on Jan 23, 2009 at 05:53 AM
    Concernedmom09, Why do just assume he was guilty? Did you know him personally? The jury was not even out an hour. What about his life, he was found guilty by society, and innocent by the court, now his life will forever be changed. Do you think he will be able to teach again? I think students that make false statements should have some sort of penalty, make a public apology or something. Anyone can accuse anyone else, and people naturally assume their guilty. How sad!!! May God bless you and your family Mr. Bentley.
  • by concernedmommy09 on Jan 23, 2009 at 03:45 AM
    OMG, Another teacher found innocent... What is it going to take for the law to stop teachers from doing what they want to our kids?! When I was in high school, I seen behavior like this from teachers, and nothing was ever done about it. They just got "slapped on the wrists!" Now I'm a parent, and it scares me to see that this stuff still goes on, with no justice.
  • by baler Location: pike co on Jan 22, 2009 at 08:26 PM
    Congrats coach. e all knew it would turn out the right way. We miss you man!!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2009 at 08:18 PM
    I'm glad this is over with.. this man can finally get on with his life..


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