LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A teacher for Christian Academy of Louisville has been arrested for allegedly having inappropriate conversations with a minor.
Richard A. Wilkerson was in a Bullitt County court on Friday to face a charge of prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor. The public defender asked the judge to release the 28-year-old because of his lack of criminal history, but the judge said "no."
The judge set his bond at $5,000, and if that's posted, she ordered Wilkerson to be on home incarceration.
According to Kentucky State Police, an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children Investigation was being conducted when police, "discovered the suspect communicating with a juvenile online." That juvenile is a 16-year-old girl that Wilkerson was planning to meet for sexual activity.
"The investigation by our Electronic Crimes Branch, led to the obtainment of a search warrant," said KSP Master Trooper William Gregory.
Master Trooper Gregory explained the charge against Wilkerson. "Basically what that means is any use of an electronic device, any electronic device to solicit a sex act from a minor. That could be a cellphone, a tablet, a computer."
Police say they executed a search warrant at Wilkerson's Shepherdsville home on Thursday and seized "equipment used to facilitate the crime." That equipment was taken to the Kentucky State Police forensic laboratory for examination.
Wilkerson is facing a federal charge that could carry a prison sentence between one and five years. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 23.
CAL Superintendent Tim Greener sent a letter to parents saying the minor was not a student at the school. The letter did not name Wilkerson, but says a teacher accused of the same charge that Wilkerson is facing has resigned.
Here is the text of the letter:
To Parents of Christian Academy,
One of our teachers has been accused of inappropriate verbal electronic conversations with a minor (not a CAL student).
Obviously, we take all such accusations very seriously and are taking extensive and immediate steps to ensure the protection of our students and to discover all that is behind this accusation. Our policy in this situation is to immediately suspend this teacher while investigations are underway; however, in this case, the teacher has already tendered their resignation effective immediately.
The state police have assured us that they will inform us of their findings if any additional information is uncovered.
We ask for prayer for all those involved - for the teacher and the teacher’s family, for our investigation and that of the authorities, and for discernment in dealing further with this situation as they complete their investigation.
I know you may hear about this in the media and I want you to know the steps we have and are taking to firmly and appropriately deal with this situation.
Know that a plan is already in place to finish out the school year for the students in these classes.
Because of the personal issues involved, we ask that you please not forward this email. Thank you for your prayers for all involved.
Serving in His name,
Christian Academy School System
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