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Judge dismisses video voyeurism charge against former Marion County High School band director

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A judge has dismissed one of the charges against a former band director at Marion County High School, but he still faces one misdemeanor charge.

Last month, 33-year-old Curtis Bennett was arrested after being accused of inappropriate activity with a female student. He resigned a short time later. He was originally facing charges of video voyeurism and engaging in an unlawful transaction with a minor -- but on Tuesday, WDRB News learned that a judge dismissed the video voyeurism charge.

Bennett still faces the charge of engaging in an unlawful transaction with a minor -- a misdemeanor.

The Marion County Sheriff had said that an investigation found evidence of "inappropriate activity" with the student. Court documents reveal the alleged crime happened on Dec. 26 and that images were taken "without that person's consent."

"We were not aware that this was going on," said Taylora Schlosser, the superintendent of Marion County Public Schools, in January. "It's horrible for our families and our children. I don't want our families to think that we're not on top of things."

Kathy Schuck says her granddaughter always described Bennett as a "really nice guy".

"That was one of her favorite teachers," Schuck said last month. "It's unbelievable that something like that would happen up here. But in a small town, you never know."

According to Bennett's Facebook page, he had been the band director since 2011. He also taught music and he worked with the school's chorus and theater programs.

Superintendent Schlosser said the school district would conduct its own investigation.

"We want to make sure that our students feel safe and we want to make sure that this doesn't happen in the future," said Schlosser.

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