A wheelchair-bound secretary at Madison Central High School in Richmond faces several charges in connection with inappropriate sexual contact with a 15-year-old male student, Kentucky State Police said.
Lynda Chase, 37, was charged Wednesday with one count of third-degree rape and four counts of third-degree sodomy, said Trooper Chris Lanham, spokesman for the Richmond state police post. Third-degree rape and third-degree sodomy are Class D felonies in which each count is punishable by one to five years in prison. The allegations involve sexual intercourse and oral sex, Lanham said.
Chase could not be held at the Madison County Detention Center, so she was processed at the Richmond post and given a court date, Lanham said.
Lt. Mark Dailey, a deputy jailer, said inmates in wheelchairs must be isolated and cannot be placed in a cell with others because "they could craft weapons out of" the wheelchairs.
Chase is listed as an attendance clerk on the school's Web site. Erin Stewart, a spokeswoman for the Madison County schools, said the school district conducted an internal investigation and then handed the matter over to state police.
Stewart said Chase is suspended but still employed by the school system. She did not know how long Chase had been employed at the school
Stewart declined to say anything else about Chase's employment.