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A Bell County grand jury refused to indict Dwight King.

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BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - A Bell County teacher accused of dealing drugs to students is cleared of the charges.

A Bell County grand jury refused to indict 46-year-old Dwight Oliver King.

Sheriff's Deputies arrested King at school in April, but now he is back in the classroom.

King talked to WYMT's Angela Sparkman.

Dwight King says April 9th started as a normal day at his job at the Bell County Day Treatment Center school.

"I came into work one day, early morning like I have a thousand times in 14 years and bam, I'm hit in the face with this out of nowhere," King said.

Sheriff's Deputies arrested King on drug trafficking charges. At the time, investigators said some students claimed he supplied drugs at school.

"I never give kids anything, no drugs, no nothing," King said.

The 14 year teaching veteran found himself in jail and out of a job.

"I've been devastated both emotionally, physically, financially, everything," King said.

On August 30th, a Bell County grand jury declined to indict King and issued a no true bill in September.

"There was no physical evidence. There's no tape, no pills, no recording of any kind," said Bill Hayes, King's defense attorney.

"It feels good. Just knowing I got some vindication being able to go back to something I love," King said.

Bell County Superintendent Yvonne Gilliam could not comment on the situation but confirmed King is reinstated as a teacher.

"I'm just really pleased to get some of this behind me, maybe feeling a little bit better," said King.

King told us the state held an administrative tribunal hearing and determined there was no wrong-doing and reinstated him to his job. King says he also received back pay from the six months he was off the job.

King says he is now focused on his new position at Bell County High School.

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UPDATE 4-10-13

PINEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - A Bell County teacher accused of supplying drugs at school made his first court appearance on Wednesday.

Dwight O. King, 45, pleaded not guilty to charges of drug trafficking and trafficking within 1,000 feet of a school.

King is a teacher at the Bell County Day Treatment Center, a school for troubled students.

The criminal complaint filed in court states King gave Hydrocodone pills and Alprazolam pills to a minor student.

King's bond remains at $500,000.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 16th.
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ORIGINAL STORY 4-9-13

PINEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - He was supposed to be helping troubled youth, but now a Bell County teacher faces what deputies call shocking charges.

Bell County Sheriff's Deputies arrested 45-year-old Dwight O. King, a teacher at the Bell Day Treatment and Recovery Center. Deputies say he violated the trust of his position. Investigators say King supplied drugs to students!

Bell County Sheriff's deputies took teacher Dwight King out of the classroom Tuesday morning.

"He's in jail. He's not in school today and I hope will not be anymore," said Bell County Sheriff Bruce Bennett.

The Sheriff says investigators believe King supplied drugs to students at the Bell Day Treatment Center, a school designed to help troubled students.

"Anytime there's drugs, and then you add the fact that a juvenile is involved, plus a teacher that supplied them, it's just as bad as it can get," said Sheriff Bennett.

The Sheriff says the investigation started when some students at the school filed written complaints at the Board of Education, and then the School Board turned it over to the Sheriff's Department.

Deputies charged King with drug trafficking and trafficking within 1,000 feet of a school.

"Anything that is drug related that happens at a school, we take very seriously. It will be dealt with accordingly," said Assistant Bell County Attorney Chris Douglas.

Bell County Superintendent Yvonne Gilliam says the School Board Attorney told her not to comment at this time due to the ongoing police investigation.

King turned down our request for a jailhouse interview.

"He's employed as an instructor at the Bell County Board of Education., a trusted one, and violated trust in my opinion," said Sheriff Bennett.

King's bond is $500,000 full cash.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday.


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