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Former J.T. Alton teacher indicted on 30 charges

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By Kelly Cantrall

A former J.T. Alton Middle School teacher was indicted on 30 charges this week stemming from allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a student.

Anthony Durrant, 46, of Rineyville, was indicted on 14 counts of a use of a minor in a sexual performance, five counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, eight counts of unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities, one count of sexual abuse and one count of tampering with physical evidence, according to the indictment.

According to the indictment, Durrant is charged with use of a minor in a sexual performance because of allegations he asked for or agreed to receive photographs of a minor younger than 16 engaging in sexual conduct. The charges are dated back to alleged incidents that took place from February through April.

Durrant is charged with possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor because of allegations he kept sexual photographs of a minor, according to the indictment. These charges also are dated from February through April.

The counts each represent different photographs, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Teresa Logsdon said.

The charges of unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities refer to the use of a communications system to encourage a minor to take part in sexual activity, according to the indictment. These charges are dated from January through April.

In Durrant’s arrest warrant, a juvenile alleged she and Durrant exchanged sexual text messages.

Durrant is charged with one count of sexual abuse because of allegations he and a minor came into sexual contact and it took place because of his position as a teacher, according to the indictment.

In Durrant’s arrest warrant, a juvenile alleged Durrant fondled her buttocks in a classroom at J.T. Alton.

Durrant’s bail has been re-set to a $100,000 cash bond, and a new warrant for his arrest will be issued as he is free on bail.

His arraignment is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton’s courtroom.

Durrant was fired April 16 from J.T. Alton. He was arrested by Radcliff Police Department the next day.

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