NEWS UPDATE: School employee charged with internet sexual solicitation
by Franklin Clark, Reporter --
Aug 18, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An employee of the Trigg County School System that was arrested by the Kentucky State Police on Tuesday afternoon will be arraigned in Trigg County District Court tomorrow morning

According to a Kentucky State Police press release, David Thomas, 38, was arrested and charged with two counts of use of an electronic communications system to procure a minor to commit a sexual offense, which is a class D felony.

Kentucky State Police began an investigation after being contacted by the juvenile's mother about suspicious electronic messages sent to her daughter. Arrest warrants were served on Thomas after his vehicle was stopped on Main Street in Cadiz.

A search warrant was served at Mr. Thomas' Lafayette Street home, where evidence mostly computers and other electronics, was seized by detectives, according to the search warrant document.

KSP Spokesman and Trooper Dean Patterson said Thomas had been communicating over the Internet with the juvenile when she was 16 years old. She is now 17.

"In Kentucky, 16 is the age of consent ... but when you're dealing with a computer, it's 18," Patterson said.

Trigg County School Superintendent Travis Hamby said Thomas has been the school’s district technology coordinator since 2007 and that he will be off-campus on suspension during the investigation,

Hamby also said the reported crimes didn't happen at work and that Thomas didn't work directly with students, adding that while the investigation has already started, it can’t be finished until he has access to Thomas.

According to the school release by Hamby, KSP said the activity of the suspected criminal does not involve other school employees or students. The individual will remain off campus while school administrative personnel also conduct an investigation, according to the release.

Lieutenant Jonathan Grant of the KSP said, and Hamby confirmed, that the 17-year-old juvenile isn't a student in the Trigg County School System. Hamby also said that no Trigg County students or employees are involved.

(For the full, updated information, check out the Wednesday, Aug. 25, edition of the Cadiz Record.)
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