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First Graders Face Sodomy Charges

Hanson Elementary School is one of two schools named in the investigation. Hanson Elementary School is one of two schools named in the investigation.

Reporter: Emily Sinovic

Did five elementary school students go too far?

A shocking story is coming out now from two different Tri-state elementary schools. Several students have been charged in Hanson, and also in Earlington, Kentucky.

Hopkins County parents are now coping with sex and students in elementary school. Parent Alyssa Browning says, "It's scary to think that children of this age are participating in such acts."

Browning has two children at Hanson Elementary where Kentucky State Police are investigating recent sexual activity between three second graders during school hours.

Earlington Police Chief Craig Patterson would like to think that this is an isolated incident, but he knows it is not. He's investigating a similar situation at Earlington Elementary School where police say two first graders were found in the bathroom performing sexual acts. Both are now charged with first degree sodomy. Patterson says, "We've got to be concerned that something like this could happen in a place like that."

Hopkins County assistant superintendent Linda Zellich says, "Obviously, we're not going into the restrooms, the stalls, with children. But often times in elementary school the teachers are right outside in the hallway."

Zellich says now extra steps will be taken including closer monitoring of students and heightening awareness of unusual behavior. "We'll take the actions we can to make sure it's not repeated in a Hopkins County school."

It's a promise to take responsibility that Browning and other parents we spoke with regard as a reason to continue feeling safe when sending their students to school. Browning says, "I'm not worried about their supervision, or the teachers, or the fact that they're taking care of them."

Police tell us that the students who were charged are still at home. The Hopkins County prosecutor however, did decide to pursue the charges and both families will appear in court at a later date.

Police say the goal in both situations is to give the students the proper counseling or family services if necessary.

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