Rape charges suspended against former Bullitt Co. high school teacher
A new agreement could mean no jail time for a former Bullitt Central High School teacher charged with raping a student, but it also ensures she never teaches again.
BULLITT COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- A new agreement could mean no jail time for a former Bullitt Central High School teacher charged with raping a student, but it also ensures she never teaches again.
Crystal Chappell was a third year math teacher at the school in 2014 when she was charged with six counts of rape.
The charges stemmed from alleged incidents between June and August 2014 involving a 17-year-old student.
A new resolution filed in Bullitt County Circuit Court suspends prosecution of the case for one year.
According to that agreement, if Chappell does not commit a crime with the exception of traffic violations between now and Jan. 25, 2017, the rape charges will be dropped.
“It will be dismissed with prejudice, which means it can’t ever come back. They can’t ever institute another indictment against her on those charges,” said Karen Faulkner, Chappell’s attorney. “We believed in Ms. Chappell’s innocence and that ultimately we would’ve prevailed at trial and this is a great resolution.”
The resolution also says “Chappell must surrender her teaching certificate” and “not seek reinstatement”, which means she could not teach anywhere in the country.
Eric Farris, the attorney for Bullitt County Schools says the resolution accomplishes what the district wanted most.
“We don’t want that teacher back in a Bullitt County classroom and we don’t want that teacher back in any classroom,” Farris said. “In this case, that’s what this resolution does.”
Under the agreement, Chappell would not have to register as a sex offender.
Faulkner says the resolution was agreed upon by all parties involved, including the alleged victim in the rape case.
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