Bowling Green Schools employee arrested on charges involving a minor
LaVance Anderson, the Head Baseball Coach for Bowling Green Junior High and an Instructional Assistant at Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary was charged with unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities.
Bowling Green Independent Schools have sent letters to parents and guardians of Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary and the Bowling Green Junior High Baseball Team to make them aware of the situation.
Anderson was arrested following an investigation by the Office of the Attorney General. According to the Commonwealth Attorney Christopher Cohron, Anderson has been charged with unlawful use of electronic means originating or received within the Commonwealth to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities. The charges do not involve students of BGISD.
"The Attorney's Generals office has been coordinating this investigation with the Bowling Green Police Department, the investigation lead to today's arrest. Right now all I can release is that he has been charged with unlawful use of electronic means, it's a Class D felony. We expect him to be arraigned in Warren District Court in the morning," said Cohron.
"I think the most important thing right now is that this investigation did not show any of this involved any of the students in the school system."
The investigation into Anderson’s activities was initiated after he contacted an undercover detective posing as a minor online. After being advised of their age, Anderson requested details about the person’s sexual history and requested to engage in sex acts. He also sent sexual images of himself and requested to receive images in return of the supposed minor.
“Our Cyber Crimes Unit is committed to partnering with local, state, and federal law enforcement to track down cyber criminals who target our children,” said Attorney General Cameron. “I am grateful to our hardworking investigators and law enforcement for diligently working on this case.”
Anderson was hired in August 2019 and is currently suspended from all district responsibilities, pending the investigation.
Bowling Green Independent Schools and Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary will continue to cooperate with law enforcement.