Kentucky authorities: Teacher charged with raping girl, 13

Kentucky authorities: Teacher charged with raping girl, 13
The Barren County Sheriff’s Department arrested 27-year-old William Gardner on Saturday morning. (Source: Barren County Detention Center)

GLASGOW, Ky. (AP) - A sheriff's office in Kentucky says it has charged a middle school teacher with raping a 13-year-old student.

Barren County Sheriff's Office Public Information Deputy Mike Houchens told the Bowling Green Daily News that Barren County Middle School teacher William Kyle Gardner was charged Saturday with second-degree rape of a 13-year-old girl and first-degree sexual abuse. The 27-year-old is also charged with tampering with evidence.

An arrest citation obtained by the news outlet says Gardner admitted to deputies in an interview that he had sex with an underage female student on three occasions.

A statement on the Barren County Schools Facebook page said officials are cooperating with law enforcement and will take action to "protect students."

It's unclear whether Gardner has an attorney who can comment on his behalf.

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