“SCOTT COUNTY SCHOOLS NEEDS SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS” screams the giant sign plastered to the side of a school bus parked roadside at the district’s Central Offices. Think you couldn’t be hired as a school bus driver at Scott County? Think again!
The criminal indictment reads:
THE GRAND JURY OF LEWIS COUNTY CHARGES:
COUNT 1: That on or about December, 2009 and in Lewis County, Kentucky, the above-named defendant unlawfully committed the offense of: SEXUAL ABUSE IN THE FIRST DEGREE, in violation of KRS 510.110 a Class D Felony, Violation Code 11220, when he subjected an adult female, P. H., to sexual contact by forcible compulsion. ALL AGAINST THE PEACE AND DIGNITY OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY.
The Commonwealth, with its dignity duly insulted, offered 4 years for a guilty plea for this Class D Felony charge and tendered this recommendation on July 27, 2012. As is often the case in our system of “swift” justice - with years of pre-trial hearings cancelled and rescheduled and after multiple prosecutors assigned and removed from the case - the Felony charge was ultimately plead down on March 7th of this year and amended to a misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct with 12 months, conditionally discharged for 2 years and no contact with the victim.
The details contained in the 80+ pages of court records in this case are difficult and disgusting to read. Suffice it that the victim alleges that on that December day in 2009, her Director of Transportation at Lewis County Public Schools asked her to have a seat in his office while he dispatched the two other employees there on an errand and then instructed her to follow him out into the bus garage to show her something. Thinking he wanted to show her something on a bus, she followed but claims he pulled her into the garage bathroom out of camera view. “While in the bathroom, the victim reported that the “examinee” held her against her will, rubbed her breast with his hand, rubbed her vagina with his hand and kissed or licked her neck”. There’s more.
That last bit in quotation marks comes directly from the KY State Police’s Polygraph Report administered on April 10, 2012 and is why the defendant is referred to as the “examinee”. Questions asked of the defendant in that polygraph included - Q – Did you touch that woman’s breast while in the bathroom? Answer – No. Q – Did you touch that woman’s vagina? A – No. - The final narrative of the polygraph states - “The results show that (the defendant) showed Deception on the Polygraph”.
So come on out, baggage and all – Scott County Schools is hiring!