NICHOLASVILLE — An East Jessamine High School employee is accused of the sexual abuse of a 16-year-old girl, according to court documents.
Nicholasville police arrested Gary W. Overstreet, 30, who has been a track coach at the school, on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Overstreet was released from the Jessamine County jail Friday after posting 10 percent of a $20,000 bond.
Jessamine public schools Superintendent Lu Young said an internal investigation began into one incident that allegedly happened on school property. Further investigation by Nicholasville police led to the filing of two counts of sexual abuse.
In a letter to parents on Friday, Young wrote that late Wednesday "the East High administration received a report of misconduct on the part of a staff member involving a minor. Internal and external investigations ensued and are still in process."
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"Because of confidentiality constraints regarding personnel matters, I cannot share any specific information about the case with you as a group or individually," Young wrote. "I can tell you that the staff member, who was arrested last night, served as a long-term substitute teacher and has been a coach."
Young added: "We continue to regard student safety as a sacred trust and creating a safe environment for our students is our highest priority as a school district."
Overstreet, who graduated from East Jessamine in 1999, could not be reached for comment. He is scheduled to appear in Jessamine District Court on March 24.