PARIS — A Bourbon County high school teacher accused of sexually abusing a student said she did not report that the teenager exposed himself to her because she was in shock, she did not want to call school officials in front of students and she did not want her husband to find out about the incident.
During her trial Tuesday in Bourbon Circuit Court, Kimberly Fryman, 52, said the incident happened Friday, Nov. 7, 2008, and she said she planned to report the 16-year-old for being out of control the following Monday.
But Fryman was out sick that Monday and the next day, and she was called to speak to a school resource officer on the Wednesday she returned because an investigation had started. Prosecutors noted that she did not tell the school resource officer about the incident.
"It was just such a shock," Fryman told her attorney Richard Rawdon.
She said she walked into a room and the boy had his penis exposed. Fryman said he grabbed her hand, and she touched what she assumes was his penis.
The teenager, who testified Monday, said Fryman performed oral sex on him. She denied that Tuesday. The Herald-Leader does not generally identify people who allege sexual abuse.
Rawdon asked Fryman about phone calls and text messages between her and the boy she's accused of abusing and between her and another male student.
She started receiving the texts Oct. 23, 2008. She told Rawdon, and Jessamine County Commonwealth's Attorney Tom Lockridge in cross-examination, she thought the first few texts were from her cousin, but she soon found out they were from one of her students.
Fryman said she decided to keep responding to see whether the boy bragged in school the next day.
But during cross-examination, Lockridge said there were 231 text messages sent between Fryman's phone and the boy's phone from Oct. 23 until 2:15 a.m. the next day.
Fryman said she did not continue sending the text messages and someone must have used her phone. Lockridge noted there were phone calls to and from her husband during that period as well.
Fryman denied other text messages she admitted to sending to both boys in October and November 2008 were sexual, although the prosecutor said she gave at least one prior statement saying they were sexual. Many of the messages were sent late at night.
Fryman said she would always respond to a student who needed to talk.
Police were able to obtain only the time of the text messages and the number of characters in them.
The trial resumes Wednesday with closing arguments.