Police arrest former substitute teacher on sex abuse charges

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UPDATED: May 13th @ 6:00pm
HARLAN, Ky. (WYMT) - A former Harlan County substitute teacher facing sex abuse charges pleaded not guilty on Friday.

Police say Deron Saylor is accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy.

Police say Saylor also sent obscene material to the teen and gave him alcohol.

Saylor's computers and electronics were sent to the crime lab in Frankfort for analysis.

He will be back in court May 20th for a preliminary hearing.

HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - He reported a burglary at his home this afternoon but when police showed up, he was the one put in handcuffs! Now that former Harlan County substitute teacher is in jail.

Police say Deron Saylor, 47, sexually abused a teenage boy.

"We believe he has committed several sex crimes against a 14-year old boy stemming back to November of last year," said Trooper Shane Jacobs.

In November of last year, officials say Saylor was a substitute teacher in the Harlan County school system.
"That's where he may have gotten to know this 14-year old," said Trooper Jacobs.

Police say Saylor knowingly used an electronic device system to communicate and induce the minor to engage in prohibited activities. Police say Saylor also sent obscene material to the teen and gave him alcohol.

Thursday afternoon, state police served a search warrant at Saylor's home in Coldiron. He was not home at the time. Detectives seized computers and other electronics from the home.
Later when Saylor arrived home, officials say he called police to report a burglary. Troopers then arrested him.

Police charged him with Sexual Abuse First Degree, Unlawful Use of Electronic Means, Distribution of Obscene Matter to Minors and Unlawful Transaction with a Minor Third Degree.

The Harlan County School Superintendent could not comment on specifics, but said they are taking this seriously.

"Safety of our students is our number one priority, and we make that our number one priority. We go to all lengths to make sure the safety of our students," said Superintendent Mike Howard.

State police are taking all of Saylor's computers and electronics to the crime lab in Frankfort for analysis as part of the ongoing investigation.

Investigators say Saylor is not working in the school system anymore.

Saylor's bond is $20,000 cash. He is in the Harlan County Detention Center.

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