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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  • by private on Mar 12, 2010 at 04:07 PM
    saying this teacher is trashy is kinda harsh...i think you are being very narrow minded and have no clue as to what you are talking about...if WEHS is being treated wrong it is because of other things going on at that school now. This has not been news since January...so try to find another reason sweetheart..
  • by rebecca Location: home on Mar 12, 2010 at 12:33 PM
    i think its funny how people think they can trash schools because of one teachers mistakes just because shes trashy and the student is hormonal doesnt mean you can treat the school wrong!!!
  • by private on Feb 10, 2010 at 05:43 PM
    Has anyone ever thought that this woman could quite possibly have had a breakdown? That school treated her like crap the entire time she was there. Other teachers were jealous of her, the administators didn't support her. They even let a kid who came out of juvenile detention for drugs leave them in her room and do nothing about it. I believe she was told that she was over reacting. No support at that school. I think the public needs to know how bad that school really is. They don't need to worry about her, they need to worry about what goes on in that school daily and things that go covered up. It is a make shift drug ring out there. They cover it all up, because they want the community to support their school and get back to that home town feel. Well, it is far from that and if anything a huge joke. Its the good old boy system, it's basically a family running the school, or trying to. It's who you know and what color you are. Just look at the demographics. Discrimination!
  • by private on Feb 10, 2010 at 09:53 AM
    I wonder how many of you who have posted are actual teachers? How many more of you are innocent and have never done anything wrong? I have to say that this is something that she obvioulsy broke the law due to her being a teacher. If she hadn't of been, then she woulnd't have been arrested and none of this would be taking place. How many other people do it? Really that doesn't matter, but it goes on in the school system all the time. People just hide it pretty well. There is another teacher at WEHS that really needs to be looked into, and if so happens; the same thing will be happening to her. It would amaze many people as what takes place in school. Drugs being sold, affairs going on, and cover ups on top of cover ups with things that aren't ethically and moraly correct. So, keep the comments coming on things that no one knows anything about. I think for those people who really knew Mrs. Sumner they know what kind of person she really is. Those people will stand by her
  • by private Location: ky. on Feb 9, 2010 at 03:08 PM
    Yes LJCS..i agree it is not easy to become a teacher in ky. Thank you for your response. and thank you for having the heart to say a prayer for Ms. Sumner and her children. God will bless you for that. most people have not even considered giving her a thought in prayer, until now. She needs to be lifted up in prayer also along with her children. she loves her children with all her heart. that i know for a fact. we all make mistakes and we always will. God made each and everyone of us human and He knows we will make mistakes. But God is always right there waiting for us and He is a loving forgiving God. I praise Him everyday.
  • by LJCS Location: BG on Feb 8, 2010 at 09:38 PM
    Firstly, "Privatae", it is NOT EASY to become a teacher in Kentucky....enroll in a Teacher Education Program and get back to me. I think it is best if we all refrain from judging either the teacher or the student in this situation. Yes, Kentucky has "proposed" a raise in the age of consent to 18, but it has not yet passed, so currently 16 is the threshold where persons can consent (or not consent) to have sex with another person. In other situations where an adult (18 ) has sex with a minor (16 ), the "adult" would be charged with unlawful conduct with a minor (under 16 would be considered statutory rape). However, considering that this is a teacher/student situation, Ms. Sumner will be required to surrender her Teaching Certificate and could be charged with a felony, and thereby destroying her employability in not just KY, but other states as well. It is not an easy situation for anyone involved. My prayers are with Ms. Sumner and the family of the student. Check your fact
  • by private Location: ky. on Feb 8, 2010 at 01:35 PM
    do you people think this only goes on in the school systems? what about home, right under your noses? what are your kids doing on the internet that you, as parents, don't know about? it's not only in the schools, it is everywhere...social gatherings,churches..not only school. people are to quick to pass judgement on others and then they don't have to blame themselves as parents for what happened. everybody makes mistake people..come on...get real
  • by private Location: ky. on Feb 5, 2010 at 05:18 PM
    what if it were you walking in her shoes today? what if it were you who was the one who made a mistake? don't never say never...one never knows what one would do under circumstances. ask yourself, what if it were you? because it could be. i pray for all of you. and most of all, i pray for her and her family. God Bless to each and everyone. think about it tonight as you lay your head down to sleep...what if were you this happened to. what would you do?
  • by Maria Location: BG on Feb 4, 2010 at 08:08 AM
    Bottom line is she is an adult and he is not. We have laws governing what a minor can or can't consent to. This lady signed a Code of Ethics when she became a teacher and one of the codes involves not to harm children, and he is a child. She's also supposed to report any suspected abuse. Clearly her vision is clouded. It does not matter if the child consented or not, he is still a child under the law. I certainly don't want her around my children or any others. I think she should become a registered sex offender upon conviction, if she is convicted. Of course, that may not happen since our society doesn't seem to want to hold any individual accountable for their own behavior. It must be someone or something else's fault. My heart goes out the affected child and Ms. Sumner's family.
  • by Pam Location: Bowling Green, KY on Feb 3, 2010 at 11:44 PM
    Sueing WEHS is ridiculous, people need to be accountable for themselves. Folks are always looking for a scapegoat and are hypocritical, is their conscience clear? Both persons in this situation obviously were well aware of the risks, and now must accept the consequences. As usual, people are quick to judge, but we are not involved in this, the teacher, student, parents of student, teacher's family and WEHS staff are!
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