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A Pewee Valley woman who teaches middle school language arts is charged with sexual abuse of a student while in a parked car.
Louisville Metro Police arrested Jessica Boyers, 24, of Pewee Valley, at 11:30 p.m. April 11 in Buechel Park.
According to LMPD, officers found Boyers and a juvenile male in a vehicle at Buechel Park. The juvenile told police he and Boyers had sexual contact.
Boyers has pleaded not guilty to first-degree sexual abuse. She was released from jail Friday on bond.
In Kentucky, first-degree sexual abuse is defined as sexual contact with a minor younger than 18 by a person of authority or special trust, i.e. a teacher, coach and/or supervisor.
Sexual abuse in the first degree is a Class D felony. However, if the victim is younger than 12, the offense is a Class C felony.
Neither JCPS nor Louisville Metro Police has released the victim’s age.
Boyers teaches language arts at Highland Middle School and previously worked as a substitute teacher.
She also coaches the swim team and the cross country team at Highland.
Parents of Highland students received a letter Friday from Principal Steve Heckman.
Although the alleged incident did not occur during school hours or take place on school grounds, Heckman asked each parent to explain the seriousness of the situation to his or her child and also to encourage students to report suspicious or dangerous activity to a trusted adult.
Boyers will perform non-instructional duties while the case is pending.
Boyers is prohibited from communicating with the alleged victim, including email, voice mail and text messaging.
A Jefferson County grand jury will hear Boyers’ case in May.
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