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Teen claims sexual abuse by current JCPS teacher started when she was 12

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) --  A Jefferson County Public School teacher was setting up sexual encounters with a seventh grader at school when she was 12-years-old, the alleged victim of teacher Scott Quisenberry told police late last month.

The now 17-year-old told police in a Sept. 19 interview that Quisenberry forced her to perform oral sex on him and he performed oral sex on her when she was a 12-year old at Bullitt Lick Middle School in Bullitt County, from which he resigned in January 2011 after an inquiry into his instructional capacity, according to court records released Monday.

And the teen told police that Quisenberry was possessive and would get angry with her, sometimes at school, including yelling at her for showing interest in a boy when she was in 8th grade and not texting him before she went to sleep, according to the records.

Quisenberry has pleaded not guilty to charges of second- and third-degree rape in Jefferson County. He is also facing a third-degree rape charge in Nelson County, where he is accused of having sex with a juvenile under the age of 16 in 2010.

He was hired at Kerrick Elementary School in October 2011.

JCPS has placed him on non-instructional leave from his job at Kerrick Elementary, where he teaches second grade.

Anne McAafee, an attorney for Quisenberry, said she had not seen the newest evidence but that "we certainly believe he is innocent and he maintains he is innocent."

Quisenberry declined to talk with police, according to the records.

The alleged victim, who is not being identified by WDRB, came forward with her mother to talk to police in July, saying she was friends with Quisenberry's daughter and he "sexually abused" her from the time she was 13 until 15.

While the sexual abuse stopped when the teen's family moved a few years ago, they texted each other until June when her mother found out, read the messages – in which Quisenberry was under the name of "Alice" -  and spoke with her priest, who contacted police.

The most recent interview with the 17-year-old alleges the sexual abuse started when she was 12 and that it sometimes occurred when she spent the night at his home, without Quisenberry's daughter being there.

The 17-year-old said Quisenberry's wife did know that she was spending the night, staying in the daughter's bedroom.

Also included in the evidence released Monday, a woman who taught with Quisenberry at Bullitt Lick Middle told police Quisenberry "was a very good teacher and all the kids were crazy about him," according to a summary of her interview.

But the woman, Mary Faulhaber, also said she thought the boundaries between the alleged victim and Quisenberry were "very messy," saying she thought the relationship was too close. Faulhaber said Quisenberry would often put his arm around the girl, but that "he was very touchy feely with all the girls."

Bullitt County school officials investigated Quisenberry in 2010 after three staff members at Bullitt Lick Middle School reported an "odd relationship" between Quisenberry and a student, including "affectionately" running his hand down her back, according to court records.

According to court records, a  Bullitt County schools social worker "emphasized setting boundaries at school" and Quisenberry agreed not to have any physical contact with the student at school.

Faulhaber said Quisenberry was asked to change his behavior by the administrators and "he became very angry about that," which was a "red flag to her."

And Faulhaber said that Quisenberry's current wife was a student of his while he was teaching at Bellarmine.

Evidence released in recent weeks include a controlled phone call in July with Quisenberry and the student in which he told her "let me know ahead of time" if she planned on talking with anybody about their relationship.

When the alleged victim asked why, Quisenberry told her "I'd rather not be hauled away from my school in handcuffs, ok?" according to an audio of the phone interview. "Wouldn't you want to know if you were in my position or would you want to be surprised?"

And, as the teen continued asking the Kerrick Elementary School teacher questions about what she was to tell people about what happened, he asked the now 17-year-old not to say anything.

"I used to be able to count on you to watch out for me," Quisenberry told her toward the end of the phone conversation "From what you're saying now, I can't."

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