Crime

UK employee charged with incest

Robert S. Tannenbaum, director of the undergraduate research office in the University of Kentucky's undergraduate education office, was charged Tuesday with four counts of incest.

The charges are based on alleged occurrences from more than 10 years ago, according to Fayette District Court records.

Tannenbaum, 67, of 9370 Hickory Hill Road, has been placed on administrative leave until further notice, UK spokesman Jimmy Stanton said.

"As this is an ongoing legal matter, we will have no additional comment," Stanton said.

Tannenbaum, a UK employee since 1991, also was associate director of undergraduate studies and editor of Kaleidoscope, UK's journal of undergraduate scholarship. He has administered the Beckman Scholars program at UK and was director of academic computing services at UK from 1991 to 2001.

In addition to those duties, Tannenbaum has served on the board of directors and the executive committee of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky.

According to court records, between August 1998 and June 1999, Tannenbaum allegedly engaged in deviant sexual intercourse with a person who was in eighth grade during the time.

Tannenbaum was arrested at 11 a.m. Tuesday at his home and taken to the Fayette County jail. He was released Wednesday morning after posting 10 percent of the $30,000 bond.

Tannenbaum entered a not-guilty plea during arraignment Wednesday in Fayette District Court. He was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim or complaining witness.

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