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Former J.T. Alton teacher arrested

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Durrant facing 2 charges involving a juvenile

By Kelly Cantrall

A J.T. Alton Middle School teacher who was fired Tuesday for an inappropriate relationship with a student was arrested Wednesday at Radcliff Police Department on charges stemming from those allegations.

Anthony D. Durrant, a former sixth grade social studies teacher, was charged with one count of first degree sexual abuse and one count of the use of an electronic communications system to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities.

Durrant, 46, of Rineyville, was fired Tuesday from his position at the school. He was hired in 2010.

According to the warrant, a juvenile said she and Durrant exchanged text messages that were “graphic and sexual in nature.” She said Durrant asked her to send him photos of herself. She complied on Friday, according to the warrant, sending a photo of herself nude from the waist down. Durrant responded to these photos, expressing “satisfaction” with them, according to the warrant.

Earlier that day, the juvenile said, Durrant had fondled her buttocks in a classroom at J.T. Alton, according to the warrant. It states Durrant texted the girl about the encounter.

Durrant was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center on Wednesday afternoon. His bail is set at a $25,000 cash bond.

He is scheduled to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. today in Hardin District Court.

The allegations were brought to the attention of Hardin County Schools and the Radcliff Police Department on Monday. Durrant was asked to leave the Vine Grove school that day and received his official notification of termination Tuesday.

Durrant recently took students in January to President Barack Obama’s inauguration in Washington, D.C.

Durrant is the third area teacher in the last several years to face charges regarding a student.

Natalie Gentry, a former teacher at LaRue County High School, pleaded guilty in March to a charge of sexual misconduct with a 17-year-old student. Gentry received a conditional discharge from jail and is banned from teaching in Kentucky. She originally was indicted on one count of sexual abuse stemming from allegations that she had sexual intercourse with the student.

Stephen Gray, a former teacher at Central Hardin High School, went to trial in December 2011 after being charged with two counts of sexual abuse. He was accused of having a sexual relationship with two students and Gray didn’t deny consensual contact with the girls. A mistrial was declared in the case and the charges against Gray were later dropped.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.