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Former Hardin teacher arrested for touching, "sexting" student

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VINE GROVE, KY (WDRB) -- A former Hardin County teacher was arrested and jailed Wednesday - a day after being fired for inappropriate contact with a 13-year old student.

Anthony Durrant is accused of sexual abuse and sexting a student. Today, with the help of an attorney, Anthony Durrant turned himself into Radcliff Police.

Authorities say the now former 6th grade social studies teacher inappropriately touched a student on school property at James T. Alton Middle School on April 12 and then exchanged "sexts" over the weekend.

"I don't think that guy should be able to walk the streets - let's put it that way," said Harold Suzanne, a parent whose child attends the school.

Anthony Durrant was arrested on two charges - including sexual abuse 1st degree and a second charge related to the inappropriate text messages. Bryce Shumate, a spokesman for Radcliff Police, says

"Mr. Durrant, who was a teacher in the school system, inappropriately touched a student on the buttocks."

"And at some point during the weekend, the victim sent an unclothed picture from the waist down," said Shumate.

John Wright, Greater Hardin Schools spokesman, said the child's parent noticed the inappropriate messages and notified the school and authorities.

"Through the investigation we discovered (Durrant) broke those moral and ethical codes and that's why he was terminated," said Wright.

Wright says while this is not the first incident of sexual contact between and a teacher and student, it is the first incident involving a teacher allegedly sexting within the school district.

"And if it was done to my kid, he wouldn't be going to court or sitting at home right now," said Suzanne.

The incident is disturbing to parents like Harold Suzanne whose child attends the school.

"I'd just like to know how a teacher can do something like that to one of his students. You are supposed to be teaching. They are supposed to look up to you. And doing that to a child of any age, they are not going to learn from that, it's going to effect them for the rest of their lives," said Suzanne.

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