Hardin County Schools writes letter to explain teacher firing
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Today Hardin County Schools will send a letter home to parents explaining why a teacher was fired.
The letter explains that Edwin Bonet-Ruiz is being investigated by authorities and has been arrested and charged. It does not go into detail about what those charges are.
Elizabethtown Police say 54-year-old Bonet-Ruiz kissed and hugged a 14-year-old girl in his Spanish class last week. He also allegedly set up a fake Facebook account and sent the student sexual messages.
The girl told Central Hardin high School's resource officer Monday.
Bonet-Ruiz now faces sexual abuse and Internet crime charges.
A church elder at Abundant Life Church in Radcliff says Bonet Ruiz was also a pastor there.
The full text of the letter that was sent home to parents reads as follows:
December 10, 2013
We would like to share with you the facts concerning an incident regarding a Central Hardin High School faculty member. Hardin County Schools has terminated the contract of Central Hardin High School teacher Edwin Bonet-Ruiz after an investigation by the district and the Elizabethtown Police Department.
Mr. Bonet-Ruiz, a Spanish teacher at Central Hardin High School, received a letter of termination late Tuesday afternoon.
The Elizabethtown Police Department arrested and charged Mr. Bonet-Ruiz early Monday evening. He received a letter notifying him that he was suspended with pay during the HCS investigation. Hardin County Schools' investigation is complete and its findings led to Mr. Bonet-Ruiz's dismissal. An investigation is still open by the Elizabethtown Police Department.
We maintain that integrity and student safety remain a priority at Central Hardin High School. Any threat to either of these will be taken very seriously.
If you have questions, please contact me at 270-737-6800.
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