Local Teacher Pleads Not Guilty to Charges of Sexual Abuse

By: Rachel Collier Email
By: Rachel Collier Email

A local teacher is charged with sexual abuse. Beulah Sumner was a special education teacher at Warren East High. Police say she was having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student that had been going on for weeks.

She pleaded not guilty in warren district court yesterday. The Warren Commonwealth Attorney says it's anticipated she will go before the Warren County Grand Jury within the next 30-days.

The teacher will never again teach in Warren County.

35-year-old Beulah Sumner who goes by "Nikki," was a special education teacher at Warren East high school.

Police say her sexual relationship with a 17-year-old male student was consensual, but because of her job she's been charged with three counts of sexual abuse.

"In this situation, the teacher is a person of special trust, in relation to the student, so that's why it's a class D felony," said Officer Barry Pruitt, with the Bowling Green Police Department.

Pruitt says the married teacher and student communicated through texting, phone and meeting in person. "There were several incidents that we found, that were happening outside of school."

Sumner told investigators they only engaged in "making out," and limited their relationship to kissing and touching.

However, the 17-year-old stated he had sexual intercourse with his teacher numerous times.

And according to the police report, sexually explicit text messages were sent back and forth. Sumner even provided the phone for the student.

Warren County Board of Education says they cooperated fully in the investigation, and say it doesn't reflect on the entire district. "What's really troubling is that one teacher taking advantage of the trust that's instilled in her and could possibly tarnish the integrity of all the teachers in this district," said Joanie Hendricks, with the board of education.

The Warren County Board of Education say they have terminated Sumner.

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