Bardstown High School assistant coach accused of sodomizing student
Police said while the victim was being interviewed by police, she got a call from the suspect...
BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- An employee of Bardstown High School has been arrested and charged with sodomy after police say he was involved in an inappropriate relationship with an underage student.
According to an arrest report, 37-year-old Devin Yocum is the head coach at Bardstown Middle School and an instructional assistant at Bardstown High School. He was employed by the school for about two years.
Police say that on two occasions, he had a 17-year-old female student perform a sex act on him. He is also accused of sending a nude image of himself to her cell phone.
"When someone in a position of authority takes advantage of children in their care, it's just unnerving to everyone," Bardstown Police Chief Kim Kraeszig said.
During a police interview with the victim, Yocum allegedly called her on the phone, "with intent to affect the testimony of the witness."
Police say Yocum ultimately admitted to the sex acts and to sending the pornographic image to the student.
He was arrested May 9 and charged with two counts of third-degree sodomy, possession or viewing of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and tampering with a witness. He is currently being held in the Nelson County Detention Center.
Kraeszig said there is only one victim at this time, but the investigation is still ongoing.
"If there's one victim, there could be other victims," she said. "If it's happened to one student, there could be other victims that are out there that we would want to come forward to let us know."
Bardstown City Schools released a statement after reports of Yocum's arrest surfaced. It said the following:
"The school district received credible information of an alleged inappropriate relationship between a classified (non-teaching) employee and a student. The school district notified law enforcement and immediately suspended the employee while additional information was gathered and the matter was investigated by police.
The employee was subsequently terminated immediately due to alleged 'inappropriate/unprofessional behavior with a student,' which is a violation of School Board policy.
Because this is an ongoing investigation and in the hands of law enforcement the School District cannot comment further on the matter."
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