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.


Tim Isaacs

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