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Two teachers, police officer charged in child pornography and drug investigation

Larry “Alan” King
Larry “Alan” King

UPDATE: A second Webster County middle school teacher has been arrested by Kentucky State Police conducting a drug and child porn investigation, according to The Gleaner.

Jason West, 36, of Newburgh, Ind., was arrested Tuesday on a charge of complicity to traffic in a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, the newspaper reported.

West is a middle school teacher for Webster County, Ky., schools, along with Lucia Jenkins, the Gleaner reported. He is the third person to be arrested in the ongoing investigation.

Webster County Superintendent Rachel Yarbrough released a statement Tuesday evening to acknowledge the most recent arrest.

“The Webster County School District is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all Webster County students,” she stated. “Based on the most recent charges filed against Jason West, WCMS teacher, and the Kentucky State Police investigation findings, this situation is limited to allegations of adult illegal and unethical conduct. At this point, I have nothing to indicate any involvement with students.” Illegal and unethical conduct demonstrated by adults employed by the Webster County Board of Education will not be tolerated. We will continue to fully cooperate with KSP in this investigation. The safety and well-being of all Webster County students is my first priority. As Superintendent of Webster County Schools, I take this responsibility seriously and will respond accordingly with the appropriate personnel actions necessary.”

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An assistant police chief has been arrested after state police say he did nothing when a middle school teacher with whom he had a sexual relationship confided to him that she had “deviant sexual fantasies about young teenage boys” and used drugs.

Larry “Alan” King, 51, assistant chief of the Providence Police Department, was arrested Monday and taken to the Webster County Detention Center on a charge of first-degree official misconduct, according to state police.

State police said King, of Madisonville, was having a sexual relationship with a Webster County Middle School teacher who told him that she used illegal narcotics regularly and fantasized about sex with juveniles.

“King intentionally failed to act on the knowledge of the potential deviant sexual behavior with students and also did not report or further investigate any of the illegal narcotic use to the Webster County School Board or others in position of authority, including his police department chain of command,” state police said in a news release.

State police arrested Lucia Jenkins, 48, of Providence on Oct. 2, charging her with four counts of possessing or viewing matter portraying a sexual performance of a minor. She was later charged with 11 counts of first-degree conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance, first offense, over two grams of methamphetamine.

State police said they found several photos “that depicted a minor in a sexual performance” while executing a search warrant on Jenkins’ cell phone.

Trooper Sean Wint said Jenkins had a 29-year-old boyfriend who was found dead at her house, and state police searched Jenkins’ cell phone as part of that investigation.

“We do not suspect foul play in that,” Wint said of the death. “Him dying is what sparked an entire chain of events, and the wheels are still turning.”

Webster County Middle School’s website says Jenkins teaches social studies.

After Jenkins was arrested, Webster County School Superintendent Rachel Yarbrough issued a statement saying that she had “no reason to believe the arrest is associated with a school-related incident,” The (Henderson) Gleaner reported.

“However, we will conduct an internal investigation into this matter and will fully cooperate with the ongoing Kentucky State Police investigation. Every precaution will be taken to protect and ensure the safety of our students.”

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