Crime

Fayette County public schools teacher's aide is accused of sexual abuse

A Fayette County public schools employee pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he sexually abused a child.

Richard Davis, 34, is charged with two counts of incest and one count of first-degree sexual abuse.

Davis, who has been a teacher's aide at Arlington Elementary School for more than a year, has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Fayette school district spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall said apparently none of the alleged incidents occurred on school property.

"It is our understanding that the alleged incidents did not take place at school," she said.

Deffendall also said that, as a teacher's aide, Davis would always have been accompanied by another adult while working in the classroom and would not have been alone with students.

The school system says school district leaders are working with administrators and counselors at Arlington to provide support for students and staff members at the school when they return to classes Monday.

The district will send letters to parents on Monday explaining the situation.

According to Fayette District Court records, Davis was arrested about midnight Dec. 22 after being interviewed at police headquarters.

According to the citation filed in his court file, Davis "had deviate sexual intercourse" with a girl under 12 years old.

He "also subjected her to sexual contact all within the year," the report said. Alcohol was thought to be involved in the crimes.

Davis was lodged in the Fayette County Detention Center on $20,000 bond. At his arraignment in district court Tuesday, a judge denied Davis bail credit — a $100 credit toward his bond for every day he spends in jail — because he is a "danger to others," according to court records.

He is scheduled to return to court Jan. 5.

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