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Parents concerned over sexual abuse allegations centered around school official

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

The lights are off and his office remains untouched, Charles Douglas Phelps won't be sitting back at his desk unless charges are dropped.

Sonny Fentress, the Interim Superintendent of the Laurel County school system says,"He has not been working with kids and he's been on leave since the charges were made."

While employed by the Laurel County School District, Phelps was the director of Pupil Personnel, "He would have been the one the would visit homes and he would visit kids. If you had a child that you weren't sending to school than he would be the first, or that position would be the first line to come and check and see what the problem was," adds Fentress.

Now, Phelps has some legal problems of his own. He is facing three separate charges of sexual abuse.

The alleged victims were both under eighteen.

He's also accused of giving alcohol to the teenagers.

Parents are alarmed after hearing the allegations.

"Disgust, and if he done it he he needs to be punished," says Melissa Moore, a Laurel County resident.

Moore is a mother of two children, Hannah and Matthew. Her kids are still too young to go to school but when they do reach that age, she has new concerned after these allegations surfaced, "When you turn your kids loose, you don't have control over them anymore. You leave them at someone's mercy, so yeah its always a concern."

We attempted to contact Charles Douglas Phelp's at his home, but after walking up to his door, the blinds shut and he didn't answer.

As the law states, Phelp's remains innocent until proven guilty. Therefore, the Laurel county superintendent says Phelp's future within the school system is unknown.


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