Former substitute teacher accused of having sex with two students

A local former substitute teacher accused of having sex with two 16-year-old male students turned herself in to state police on Monday.

The Kentucky State Police says 27-year-old Kasey Warren of Bardwell is accused of third degree sodomy and third degree rape. Troopers say she met the two teens when she worked for the Carlisle County school system. The incidents are alleged to have happened in McCracken County.

KSP Trooper Michael Robichaud says she started subbing during the second half of the 2015-2016 school year and met the boys toward the end of it in Carlisle County.

KSP says the incidents happened during the summer when Warren was no longer employed by Carlisle County Schools.

Court documents picked up from the McCracken County Courthouse show a count of third degree rape and a count of third degree sodomy happened on or around June 3 and two counts of third degree rape and two counts of sodomy happened on or around June 14.

The age of consent in Kentucky is 16, but Robichaud says in this case it’s still illegal.

“Being 16 years old, they’re still under that 18 year old limit when she is that position of special authority. That’s why they cannot legally consent to sexual intercourse or sexual activity with her,” Robichaud said.

Robichaud explained that, even though she was no longer employed by Carlisle County Schools when the incidents allegedly happened, she’s still an authority figure in the eyes of the law, because she met the teens through her former job as a substitute teacher.

Robichaud added that, if the incidents weren’t consensual or were forced rape, the charges would’ve most likely have been a first degree instead of third degree.

Warren was indicted on Friday by a McCracken County grand jury on three counts of third degree sodomy and three counts of third degree rape. 

KSP says she is not currently employed anywhere. Warren was jailed in the McCracken County Regional Jail. 

The Carlisle County Schools superintendent said he could not comment because it’s an open investigation.

Local 6 looked into how Carlisle County Schools and other districts hire their substitutes. Districts’ applications vary, but the majority require a background check, references, a minimum number of college credit hours and a substitute teaching certificate.

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