Ky. teachers suspended after sex charges

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Associated Press

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 5:07 PM

HARTFORD, Ky. (AP) — School officials have suspended two western Kentucky teachers charged with sex-related crimes that authorities said occurred while they coached a girls high school basketball team.

Terry W. Nofsinger, 43, of Greenville was charged with five counts of sodomy, nine counts of sexual abuse and one count of complicity, Kentucky State Police said. Nofsinger also faces 14 counts of unlawful transaction with a minor-sexual act, along with Nathan E. Phelps, 32, of Hartford who faces five counts of that charge.

The alleged acts occurred between June 2000 and May 2003 when Nofsinger and Phelps were employed by Ohio County High School and involved girls between 15 and 16 years old, said state police Trooper Corey King.

Nofsinger, a history teacher and head boys basketball coach at Todd County Central High School, has been placed on leave without pay "pending final action for termination," Todd County superintendent Michael Kenner said in a statement.

Phelps, a teacher at Ohio County Middle School, has been suspended while the superintendent conducts an investigation, said A.V. Conway, an attorney for the Ohio County school board.

Both men were arrested Monday and released on bond. They each declined to comment on the charges when reached by the Messenger-Inquirer in Owensboro.

Police began investigating Nofsinger and Phelps in September after receiving a complaint.

"The investigation revealed there were some sexual acts during the time they were employed as coaches at the high school," King said.

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Information from: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, http://www.messenger-inquirer.com

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