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Kentucky teacher, 23, accused of raping 15-year-old student

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A Grant County teacher was charged Thursday after she allegedly raped and sodomized a student, the sheriff’s department said.

Kendall Burk met the victim at school, the Grant County sheriff’s office said. She was a science teacher at Grant County High School, according to the school’s website.

Kendall Burk, 23, allegedly admitted to having sex with a 15-year-old victim four times during the summer — twice at a Dry Ridge residence and twice in her car, according to the sheriff’s department.

The teacher was charged with four counts of rape and four counts of sodomy. Burk is a 2018 graduate from University of Kentucky’s College of Health Sciences with a degree in human health sciences, according to the university.

Associated Press reported Burk has been fired, according to the school district. She taught at the school for two years.

She has been placed in the Grant County Detention Center.

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