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Fayette County school employee accused of raping student resigns

Lindsey Banta Jarvis, a para-educator for Fayette County Public Schools, is accused of having sex with an underage former student.
Lindsey Banta Jarvis, a para-educator for Fayette County Public Schools, is accused of having sex with an underage former student. WKYT

A Fayette County school employee has resigned after being accused of having sex with a student younger than 16, according to the school district and police.

Lindsey Banta Jarvis has been charged with two counts of third-degree rape in Fayette County, where she was employed as a para-educator at Veterans Park Elementary School, according to court records.

Versailles police are the lead investigating agency in the case, Lexington police spokeswoman Brenna Angel said. In Woodford County, where Jarvis was employed at Woodford County Middle School, she faces charges of third-degree rape, third-degree sodomy and unlawful transaction with a minor, according to police and court records.

The charges in Fayette and Woodford counties involve the same victim, a boy younger than 16, Angel said. To protect his identity, the school district where the student was attending, his exact age and his county of residence have not been released.

Evidence on Jarvis’ phone showed that she and the former student were in a relationship, WKYT reported.

Fayette school district spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall said Jarvis had worked in Fayette County for one school year, and her hire date was Aug. 30, 2016. Her last day of employment was Friday. Para-educators are sometimes referred to as instructional assistants or aides.

Deffendall said school officials can’t comment on personnel matters, but she confirmed that Jarvis has resigned.

Versailles police detective Steve Sparkman said the investigation began early in the year. He said she wasn’t charged until last week “because investigations take a while. There are so many dots you have to connect before you can bring charges against a person.”

Sparkman would not say whether the juvenile was enrolled in the Woodford County school district..

“All this came to light after she left here,” Sparkman said.

Jarvis is charged in two counties because the offenses allegedly took place in two separate counties, he said.

Jarvis is to be arraigned Aug. 2 in Woodford Circuit Court, according to the indictment document.

Woodford County Superintendent Scott Hawkins was out of the office Monday and was unavailable for comment.

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