Grayson County teacher accused of sexual abuse of a student

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LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (WBKO) – The second Grayson County teacher in a month, and the fourth in two years has been arrested in relation to sexual abuse charges.

John Cariel

John W. Cariel, a Grayson County Middle School teacher, was arrested and charged with multiple offenses regarding an inappropriate relationship with a student.

Cariel was brought into the Leitchfield Police Department Tuesday, where he was ultimately arrested, accused of bringing a 13-year-old Grayson County student to a parking lot in Caneyville in order to perform sexual acts with them.

Police say the victim was not a student of Cariel's, and the connection between the two was based on an interaction on a social media app.

"Through the investigation, it was found that contact between the juvenile victim and Mr. Cariel did not take place as a result of the connection in the school system," said Cook.

Cariel has been charged with Distribution of Obscene Matter to Minors, 1st Offense, Sexual Abuse 1st Degree, Sodomy 2nd Degree, and Prohibited Use of Electronic Communication System to Procure Minor: Sex Offenses.

The alleged incidents that led to the charges happened in October 2017.

Further charges may be pending.

Grayson County Schools Superintendent Doug Robinson released the following statement Tuesday morning:

"A student tip to a School Resource Officer alleging inappropriate student contact has led to the arrest of Grayson County Middle School teacher, John Cariel. The alleged contact took place through technology in the fall of 2017 and off school premises.

"I am sickened and dismayed. Teachers are placed in a position of supreme trust. Students and their families should always have confidence in that. We realize that trust within our own system has now been broken due to the actions of a few.

"Grayson County Schools will not tolerate even a suggestion of improper behavior or contact between teachers and students. Any allegations will be handed over immediately to law enforcement for investigation. If verified they will lead to arrest, prosecution, and termination from both the district and the Education Professional Standards Board to ensure these individuals can never again work with children."

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