GLASGOW — A Barren County grand jury has indicted a former teacher on multiple felony counts of unlawful transaction with a minor.
William K. Gardner, 27, of Glasgow was arrested Oct. 26 at Barren County Middle School, where he was a teacher. According to an arrest citation from the Barren County Sheriff's Office, a 13-year-old girl "confirmed sexual contact had been made between her" and Gardner.
Gardner admitted during an interview at the BCSO to having sexual intercourse with the victim on three different occasions, according to the citation. Gardner was arrested and charged with second-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse and tampering with physical evidence.
A grand jury indicted Gardner on Wednesday on three counts of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor(illegal sex act, under 16 years old), a Class B felony, and one count of unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities, a Class D felony. The grand jury did not indict Gardner on the initial charges of second-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse and tampering with physical evidence.
The indictment charges the illegal activity occurred between Aug. 15 and Oct. 25.
On Nov. 7, Gardner waived a preliminary hearing in order to have the case sent directly to a grand jury. He remained lodged in the Barren County Detention Center as of Friday.
A November personnel report from Barren County Schools shows that Gardner resigned his job effective Oct. 27.
Barren County Schools released a statement the day of the arrest that included the following:
"Barren County Schools takes all allegations of sexual misconduct extremely seriously and is fully cooperating with law enforcement at this time. The school district will continue to closely monitor the situation and will take all appropriate actions necessary to protect our students."