Former teacher arrested on indictment warrant

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By Sarah Bennett

A former J.T. Alton Middle School teacher facing 30 charges related to exchanging sexually charged text messages with a student was arrested Mother’s Day at his Rineyville home.

Anthony D. Durrant, 46, was indicted Thursday into Hardin Circuit Court, and on Sunday, Kentucky State Police trooper served the former social studies teacher an indictment warrant at his Labrador Way residence.

He faces 14 counts of use of a minor in a sexual performance, nine counts of unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in a sexual or other prohibited activities, five counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, and one count each of first-degree sexual abuse and tampering with physical evidence.

Durrant was booked just before 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Hardin County Detention Center. He is set to appear Tuesday for arraignment in Hardin Circuit Court.

An indictment is an allegation, not proof of guilt. Durrant is innocent until he is proven guilty.

The former teacher was fired April 16 from JTA and arrested the following day by Radcliff Police Department.

According to the initial arrest warrant, a student, who is younger than 16, reported she and Durrant exchanged “graphic” text messages. Durrant allegedly requested she send photographs after which she sent him a nude photo of herself, police said.

The student also told police he fondled her buttocks in a classroom, according to the warrant.

According to the indictment returned Thursday, the alleged communications occurred between Feb. 1 and April 14 of this year and involve one student.

On Friday, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Teresa Logsdon said each count pertains to a different photograph Durrant allegedly received.

Durrant is lodged in lieu of a $100,000 bond. Prior to his indictment, he had been released on a partially secured $25,000 bond.

Use of a minor in a sexual performance is a Class B felony, according to Kentucky Revised Statutes, which is punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison if found guilty. Durrant’s remaining charges are Class D felonies.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.