Madison County teacher pleads not guilty to sexually abusing student

Brandi Lynn Whitaker
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MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A central Kentucky teacher accused of having sex with a student faced a judge Wednesday morning.

Brandi Whitaker appeared in court through a video conference from the Madison County Detention Center.

The biology teacher who is accused of having sex with a 16 year old student appeared to wipe tears from her eyes several times in court. Her attorney entered a not guilty plea for the 24-year old.

Whitaker's father and her husband were in courtroom to support her.

Her attorney asked the judge to reduce her bond, but the judge denied that request due to the nature of the charges.

Whitaker was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree sexual abuse, third-degree rape and third-degree sodomy.

Berea Police tell WKYT that when questioned, Whitaker admitted she met the boy twice over the summer, once at a park and once at her house.

Her attorney, Jim Baechtold, brought up that point on Wednesday morning after court.

"This didn't happen during a school year. It was during the summer time. So does the position of special trust apply?"

According to her web page, Whitaker graduated from Berea College and started teaching biology at Madison Southern High School this school year.

Whitaker is suspended with pay while the case moves through court. She will be back in court on September 2nd for a preliminary hearing.

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