COVINGTON, KY (WAVE) – Prosecutors say a northern Kentucky high school teacher who sent more than 300 text messages to a student did not commit a crime.
Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders said that after combing through the messages between Jared Murray, the former Holmes High School band director, and a 15-year old student none of the texts rise to the level of criminal under Kentucky law.
Over a nine day period, there were more than 690 text message between the two. About 350 of them were from Murray to the student; 340 from the student to Murray.
In them, Murray tells the student he loves her 11 times including "night baby, love you", "love you sweetheart" and "love you."
Murray said the messages were all taken out of context and the relationship was never sexual.
"We had a relationship growing as a father-daughter relationship," said Murray.
Sanders said the relationship is clearly inappropriate and calls messages between the teacher and student disturbing.
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