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Police: Bullitt Central teacher admits having sex with student

Crystal Chappell (Source: WAVE 3 News) Crystal Chappell (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Attorney Eric Farris (Source: WAVE 3 News) Attorney Eric Farris (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Dr. Bryan Carter (Source: WAVE 3 News) Dr. Bryan Carter (Source: WAVE 3 News)

SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Out of the classroom and into the slammer. A Bullitt Central High School teacher is in jail charged with rape after police say she was having sex with one of her young students.

According to the Shepherdsville Police report, Crystal Chappell, 24, confessed to multiple sexual encounters with the teen student and told investigators the relationship began this summer and happened both in and out of Bullitt County.

"What in the world was she thinking if indeed the allegations are true?" Bullitt County Schools Attorney Eric Farris asked.

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The Bullitt Central teacher who's been teaching math for a few years is charged with six counts of third degree rape.

According to police Chappell, who is married, admitted she engaged in sexual intercourse with a 17-year-old student on at least six different occasions in Bullitt County, but off school grounds. Chappell said it began in June and also admitted to two additional sex encounters with the victim outside the County. Another teacher contacted authorities.

District officials say it's very troubling considering they train teachers to be mindful of the law. Farris said there's another reason it's troubling.

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"We have had this issue before, it's not common just to Bullitt Central but it has happened there before," he said.

In 2010, Timothy Lands, who worked as a teacher at Bullitt Central, was charged with sexual abuse involving a student and in 2014 Suzanne Bickers, 33,a substitute teacher in Bullitt County, was fired for sending inappropriate texts to a student.

"These unfortunate incidents put a black eye on the profession," Farris said.

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While many people in the community are upset about the crime, others are making light of the charges. On the WAVE 3 Facebook page a few posters summed it up as an attractive teacher and a young boys fantasy. But Farris and police maintain it's serious. Besides public humiliation, if convicted a teacher then goes on the Sex Offender Registry.

The teen may suffer trauma for years and both families are getting hurt in the process. Experts say it's pure exploitation as the relationship is a direct result of the teacher being in a position of power and trust.

"It's an older person who is meeting their needs at the expense of the younger person," said University of Louisville Bingham Clinic Psychologist Dr. Bryan Carter. Carter contends social media and today's sexualized culture is only helping blur the lines.

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"The problem is social media gives a lot of ways for it (inappropriate relationship) to be carried on secretively for at least a while until it goes public or becomes a physical relationship," he said.

Chappell is being held at the Bullitt County Detention Center on $25,000 full cash bond. We wanted to get the teacher's side of the story, but our requests to talk to her have gotten no response at news time.

The court has instructed Chappell not to speak to the victim or anyone under the age of 18. She's suspended without pay from Bullitt County Schools and is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 9.

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