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Teacher faces sexual misconduct charge

Teacher faces sexual misconduct charge
Teacher faces sexual misconduct charge

A Corydon woman who teaches in Oldham County, Ky., was charged Monday with a Level 4 felony sexual misconduct with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Amy Hamilton, 40, previously taught in a middle school in Meade County, where she met the victim.
‘These are serious allegations magnified by the employment of Mrs. Hamilton, and we anticipate moving swiftly as we pursue a conviction,’ Harrison County Prosecutor J. Otto Schalk said Monday.
The victim was 15 at the time of the encounter (March 3, 2018) at Hamilton’s home in Corydon. Hamilton had since switched jobs to Oldham County High School and was no longer at the same school as the victim.
Schalk said with the victim being under the age of consent (16), it became a criminal act. The prosecutor’s office did not decide to pursue child seduction charges because the teacher-student relationship had ended at the time of the misconduct.
According to a statement by the juvenile male, he stayed the night with Hamilton, who provided him with several alcoholic beverages and he consumed approximately nine beers while Hamilton consumed multiple bottles of wine. They went to her bedroom and had sexual intercourse on her bed, he told police.
The victim said he initiated the physical contact earlier in the day and Hamilton resisted.
‘However, (Hamilton) later re-initiated the sexual contact and led him to her bedroom … ‘ the probable cause states.
When interviewed by a detective with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept., Hamilton said the victim stayed the night but she denied providing him alcohol or having any sexual contact.
A forensic search of the juvenile’s phone yielded messages from Hamilton which alluded to an intimate relationship.
Schalk said more information will come forward about the juvenile’s living arrangements and his family.
Although it is an ongoing investigation, Schalk said they have no reason to believe there are more victims.
Hamilton was released on a $5,000 bond later Monday. She faces up to 12 years in jail for the Level 4 felony. An initial hearing will take place Tuesday at 9 a.m.
‘An alarming fact, one in five girls are sexually abused and one in 20 boys,’ Schalk said. ‘I would think that number is low. Until people come forward, the cycle of abuse won’t stop. I encourage individuals to reach out to a friend, family or school counselor.’
Schalk said, in this case, members of the community who knew the parties involved brought the matter to law enforcement.