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JCPS teacher accused of raping former student

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A JCPS teacher is charged with raping a former student over the span of three years. 

Scott Quisenberry, 55, is facing one count of second degree rape and two counts of third degree rape. According to the indictment, the alleged sexual intercourse occurred between March 11, 2009 and March 10, 2012.

JCPS says Quisenberry worked at Kerrick Elementary School until he was placed on non-instructional leave on Aug. 16.

According to Quisenberry's former employer, this isn't the first time the veteran teacher has been accused of an inappropriate relationship with a student.

Bullittt County Public School officials say they investigated the science teacher after staff expressed concern over his relationship with an incoming high school freshman.

Bullitt County Board of Education attorney, Eric Farris, says Quisenberry has been teaching for over 20 years and about five of those were spent at Bullitt Lick Middle School as a science teacher.

Before resigning in the summer of 2011, district officials say Quisenberry faced allegations of a possibly inappropriate relationship with a child. "Staff at Bullitt Lick Middle School thought that perhaps he was spending a little too much time with a particular student and it should be pointed out," said Farris.

Farris says the girl's mother also worked at the school, as did Quisenberry's wife. When district personnel called them in to address concerns, all parties involved said it was an innocent and healthy friendship. "The mother of the student was aware of their friendship, had no problems with it, and didn't see any problems with it from her standpoint."

Farris says they can't assume the charges brought forward over the weekend are connected to the allegations made at Bullitt Lick; however, a look at the indictment shows the alleged rape occurred during the time period that the school investigated him.

Farris says Bullitt County Public Schools do everything they can to avoid situations such as this, but when things occur off school grounds it is mostly out of their control. "If this was the same individual, and if it occurred even with the mother's consent and under her nose, I'm not sure what the school district could do about that."

JCPS officials confirm that Quisenberry is now on non-instructional leave. Parents were notified Friday, and a letter will be sent home Tuesday.

Quisenberry was scheduled to appear in court for arraignment at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 19.

We reached out to Quisenberry's wife for comment and have yet to hear back.

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