UPDATE: School employee fired after arrest on sexual abuse charges involving teen

School employee fired after arrest on sexual abuse charges involving teen
Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 2:36 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2022 at 6:12 PM CDT
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - A Warren County Public Schools employee has been fired after her arrest involving a sexual abuse charge.

Police say the employee invited a 13-year-old boy to her home and a police report revealed she may have had other sexual communications with juveniles.

In an update released Thursday evening, Warren County Public School District said 41-year-old Rachel Stayer Smith’s employment with the district was terminated.

Police were contacted by a concerned parent that a Warren County School employee, identified as Smith, had been sending their son inappropriate messages, according to an arrest citation.

Stayer Smith had reportedly contacted a different 13-year-old juvenile and invited him over to her house. While the teen was at her home, Stayer Smith made inappropriate contact with him, the citation states.

During a police interview, Stayer Smith admitted to kissing the juvenile and allegedly had inappropriate discussions with him prior.

Police say multiple other juveniles are suspected of having similar communication with Smith.

She was arrested and charged with sexual abuse first-degree, unlawful transaction with a minor, and procuring or promoting the use of minor by electronic means. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.

Immediately after learning of Stayer Smith’s arrest and charges, the school district placed her on administrative leave, then her employment was terminated. “WCPS’ top priority is ensuring the safety of our students,” the district said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

Hours after releasing that statement, the district provided an update to WBKO News - Smith was fired.

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