Lexington school employee accused of raping former student

Published: Jun. 18, 2017 at 10:46 PM EDT
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A Fayette County school employee is charged with two counts of rape 3rd degree after Lexington police said she had sex with a former student.

Jarvis faced a judge on Monday in Lexington District Court where her attorney entered a plea of not guilty for her charges in Fayette County.

A grand jury in Woodford County also handed down indictments against Lindsey Banta Jarvis two days before she was arrested and charged in Lexington. Jarvis is charged with one count of rape third degree, one count of sodomy third degree and one count of unlawful transaction with a minor.

According to both her arrest citation and indictment, police said the victim was less than 16 years old. Versailles Police say the victim is the same person in all counts.

The Woodford County Board of Education says Jarvis was a social studies teacher at Woodford County Middle School from August 12, 2013 through June 30, 2016. The BOE says she resigned on June 30, 2016.

The Woodford County indictment says Jarvis sodomized the victim in May 2016 and had sexual intercourse with the victim in June 2016.

In August 2016, Jarvis was hired as a teacher's aide at Veterans Park Elementary School. According to Fayette County Public Schools Spokesperson Lisa Deffendall, Jarvis resigned last Friday.

The arrest report says the victim told police he had sexual intercourse with Jarvis and the report goes on to say the victim's cell phone had correspondence that suggested the victim and suspect were in a romantic relationship.

The arrest report also lists Jarvis as being married.

A Fayette County Schools spokesperson confirmed that Jarvis was a para-educator at Veterans Park Elementary.

"While we cannot comment on individual personnel issues, we can assure families and community members that we are aware of the matter. Our personnel protocols in a case like this would call for placing an employee on administrative leave pending resolution," said school spokesperson Lisa Deffendall.