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Substitute teacher arrested on sex charges

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

Police arrested Edwin Casper II on Friday. He's charged with two counts of first degree sexual abuse.

Casper was a substitute teacher at Royal Springs Middle School in Scott County. Georgetown Police say told the abuse did involve students. Police say both victims were girls under the age of 16.

The victims reported to school officials that Casper ran his hands across their breasts. School officials contacted police on Friday.

"It makes me feel unsafe," explained Laura Kelty, from behind the wheel of her SUV. "I have a daughter in school here."

Kelty was one of many Royal Springs Middle School parents upset by the alletgations against a teacher Monday afternoon.

"it's scary," Kelty continued, while watching students pour from the building after the last bell.

Georgetown Police Public Information Officer Lt. Robert Swanigan sas Kentucky State Police arrested The 66-year-old teacer at his home in Bagdad, Kentucky. He was taken to the Shelby County Detention Center. We're told he bailed out of jail Friday night.

School leaders say Casper retired from teaching full-time in 2010 and has been a substitute ever since. We're told he spent much of his career at Scott County Middle.

"I'm very surprised," John Watson, a neighbor, said upon learning of th allegations against Casper.

He continued, "These are allegations, so this doesn't mean they're true."

Georgetown Police Officers collected more evidence and witness statements Monday afternoon, saying their investigation isn't over.

"As you can imagine, this is a very sensitive case," explained Swanigan. " we're dealing with juveniles and it's very unfortunate but I'm glad we got charges fast."

Swanigan also says cases like these hit close to home for many in his department.

"We all have students--our students go to Scott County Schools and this is very emotional."

Patricia Putty, superintendent of the Scott County Schools, released the following statement:

"All employees of the Scott County School System, including substitute teachers, must complete a thorough state and FBI criminal background check prior to being hired.
As soon as an allegation was made at mid-day Friday, the administration of the school acted immediately to remove the sub from the building and notified law enforcement.
I can assure all parents that this substitute will no longer be working in the Scott County School District nor allowed on any school property.
I applaud our students for immediately notifying a teacher and school administration of their concern as well as our school administration for their expeditious handling of the situation.
The number one priority of the Scott County School District is to provide a safe, learning environment for all students."

A 27 NewsFirst crew tried to reach Casper at his home, but nobody would answer the door.

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