A Bourbon County Middle School teacher has been charged with nine counts of harassing two female students with unwanted physical contact, detailed in court records to include hugging and rubbing their thighs.
According to the court records, Richard Massie “admitted to most of the allegations” with one of the girls but justified his conduct “under the guise of religious/emotional support.”
Massie, 56, is scheduled to appear in Bourbon District Court on Sept. 7. Superintendent Amy Baker did not respond to an email seeking a comment. Massie’s teacher’s page was posted on the Bourbon County Middle School website Friday afternoon.
According to court records filed Aug. 8, one of the girls told police that beginning last September, Massie began kissing her forehead before morning assemblies. Last fall, the teacher placed his hand on the student’s lower back and upper buttocks. During the third semester, when the girl was Massie’s student, according to court documents, the teacher “would repeatedly caress the female juvenile up and down the side of her body near the juvenile’s breasts.”
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On one occasion, after school, Massie was seen in his classroom with the lights off, rubbing the girl’s thighs as she sat on a table, according to court documents.
A second girl told police that at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year, Massie offered to drive her to school on a regular basis. Court records say that during one of those rides, Massie placed his hand on her knee and began to rub her thigh. Later in the school year, in December, the teacher allegedly gave the girl a “frontal hug,” during which he was “cloaking the juvenile in his arms and touching her buttocks and pulling her in close to him.” During that embrace, according to court records, Massie whispered in her: “Don’t worry, Daddy’s got you.”
In mid-March 2016, the records indicate that Massie approached the girl at the Paris Wal-Mart, towered over her and acted aggressively until the girl’s aunt intervened.
According to his teaching profile page titled “Massie Madness,” Massie is a 1978 graduate of Bourbon County High School, has two grown children and is a member of Central Baptist Church. He was a wide receiver for the University of Kentucky football team. According to NFL.com, Massie played for the Denver Broncos for two seasons. In 1987, according to NFL.com, he played nine games and started four. He caught 13 passes for 244 yards and four touchdowns. In 1988, he played four games and caught three passes for 39 yards and no touchdowns.
According to a 1989 Herald-Leader story , Massie’s NFL career was cut short by a claustrophobic fear of traveling by plane or train.
Sports editor Mat Graf contributed to this report.
Mary Meehan: 859-231-3261, @HlMaryMeehan