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Former OCHS teacher plans to fight charges against her

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By Amanda Manning

Former Oldham County High School Choir Director Haley Reed said she plans to fight the 30 charges against her.

Reed, who appeared in Oldham County Circuit Court today, pleaded not guilty.

On Sept. 14, an Oldham County grand jury indicted her on 10 counts of third-degree rape and five counts of third-degree sodomy.

Reed was also indicted on 15 counts of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, illegal sexual act.

According to Oldham County Police, she admitted to having sex with a minor around eight times between April 25 and June 1 on school property. All encounters allegedly happened after school hours inside Oldham County High School. 

“We do plan on challenging all transactions and minor charges in the indictment,” Attorney J.P. Ward, who stood in for her attorney Gregory Simms, said.

Commonwealth Attorney Courtney Baxter said the Commonwealth requests that Reed has no contact with minors in addition to no contact with the alleged victim and his family.

Reed’s attorney objected and said that she’s currently teaching singing lessons to minors. She is no longer employed by Oldham County Schools.

Baxter responded that given the nature of the charges, Reed should not be around minors. “She should not be having any contact with minors, especially in a position of authority,” she said.

Circuit Court Judge Karen Conrad said she’s willing to consider Reed’s request.

“It’s customary to order no contact with minors,” Conrad said. “I’ll give you a hearing on it.”

The hearing for Reed to appeal was not scheduled during court today. Conrad said she was willing to hear it off the docket.

Reed is also scheduled to appear in Oldham County Circuit Court Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. She has remained out on bail since her June arrest.