Paris teacher and coach indicted on sex-abuse charge

jwarre@herald-leader.comJune 8, 2012 

A Paris High School teacher and coach has been indicted on a sexual abuse charge.

A Bourbon County grand jury indicted Jason D. Earlywine, 30, on Tuesday, charging him with one count of first-degree sexual abuse.

The charge stems from an incident late last year, Commonwealth's Attorney Gordie Shaw said Friday. Shaw declined to say whether the charge involves a student, saying he could not provide specifics in the case.

The indictment charges that Earlywine, "in a position of authority" over a female victim, subjected her to "sexual contact through the use of forcible compulsion."

Earlywine taught health and physical education at Paris High School, coached the boys and girls tennis teams and was an assistant basketball coach, according to the Paris Independent Schools.

Superintendent Gary Wiseman said Earlywine was suspended without pay in November after initial allegations were made.

Earlywine, who lives in Lexington, was not in custody Friday, according to the Bourbon County Detention Center. Shaw said he has asked that an arrest warrant for Earlywine be issued.

Jim Warren (859) 231-3255. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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