A teacher and a maintenance employee with the Magoffin County school district lost their jobs after they were charged with unlawful transactions with minors.
Dearl R. Peters, 41, and Wendell King, 40, were arrested by Kentucky State Police early Thursday and were each charged with five counts of third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.
Peters was a carpentry teacher and King was a maintenance employee with the school district. Magoffin County Schools Superintendent Stanley Holbrook said Thursday that he was notified about the matter at 8 a.m.
“It’s sad that adults can act in this manner,” Holbrook said. He said Thursday afternoon that the two employees were fired.
In a citation, Trooper Zach Haney wrote that he responded to an anonymous complaint about juveniles drinking alcohol after a video of the party had been posted on Facebook. When he arrived at King’s mobile home on Patrick Drive in Salyersville, Haney saw beer cans in the trash and as well as liquor bottles on a counter.
Haney heard one juvenile say, “Hide stuff. The police is here.” One juvenile hid a bottle of Crown Royal in a cabinet.
King was found passed out in a master bedroom and undressed, a citation said.
Five underage people ranging in age from 14 to 19 were given preliminary breath tests that detected alcohol, Haney wrote in the citation. Two juveniles went to an emergency room “due to their level of intoxication,” one citation said.
Two other juveniles did not test positive for alcohol.
State police also arrested Leaha Vanhoose, 22, and charged her with unlawful transaction with a minor. It’s unclear what, if any, connection she had to King or Peters other than attending the party. All three adults were lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville.
The investigation is ongoing and there is a possibility of additional charges, state police said.
Just last week, Holbrook suspended a male teacher who sent “inappropriate” messages via social media to a female student at Magoffin County High School.