Lexington choir teacher charged with sexual abuse was also a foster parent

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Tonight a Lexington choir teacher remains in jail on four charges of sexual abuse.

His arrest citation says Thomas Steuart would invite children over to swim and watch movies at his home, and in two cases inappropriately touched two boys.

Fayette County Schools have confirmed that Steuart has worked as a choir teacher at Winburn Middle School, and has since been put on administrative leave. This week, neighbors of Steuart’s are learning the news of his arrest.

“Just seen a lot of, probably, like middle school aged kids there is about what they have…,” said a neighbor of Steuart’s who did not want to be identified. “I don’t know. It’s just real sad.”

Since Steuart’s arrest, WKYT has learned that he has had six children in his care since becoming a foster parent. Officials have not said whether or not Steuart had any foster children in his care at the time of his arrest.

Steuart appeared in court today and had a not guilty plea entered for him on a new charge. Since then, Steuart’s bond, which was originally set at $30,000, was reduced to only 10 percent of that.

Steuart was able to post bond, according to his attorney. If released, he will be required to wear an ankle monitor.

Steuart will be back in court on September 7 for a preliminary hearing.



 
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