Another McCracken County HS faculty member charged

This photo of Daniel Edwards is from his McCracken County HS personnel file. Local 6 got the photo through a Freedom of Information Act request.

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY — The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department says a McCracken County High School teacher has been charged with sending harassing messages to students.

Daniel Edwards is accused of asking students for nude photos, a news release the sheriff’s office sent Friday says. Investigators say while they were looking into accusations that he inappropriately contacted one student, a former student came forward — saying Edwards sent an inappropriate message last summer.

Investigators say the former student — who the criminal complaint says is woman — told them Edwards asked for naked photos in June or July last year, shortly after she graduated from the school. The news release says she reported that request was “completely unsolicited” and “their only previous relationship was student/teacher and athlete/coach.”

The sheriff’s office says that student “desired us to pursue charges on their behalf” over the alleged harassing message.

Edwards has been cited with a misdemeanor charge of harassing communications. He was served with a criminal summons at 12:07 p.m. Friday on South 6th Street in Paducah, the sheriff’s office says.

Investigators say Edwards is the teacher who has remained unnamed since multiple investigations out of the high school were made public this week. His name has been released now that he has been formally charged.

Edwards will be in court 9 a.m. March 7.

McCracken County Public Schools sent out a public statement shortly after the charge was announced. The school district says Edwards has been suspended with pay, which is district policy. The school system says it will conduct its own internal investigation. You can read the statement in full below.

“On Friday, February 22, the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department notified district officials that the second McCracken County High School employee who has been under investigation since February 6, was served with a citation for harassing communications. The employee under investigation remains suspended with pay in accordance with district policy. The district will now move forward with an internal investigation of the alleged inappropriate conduct.

“There are state and federal laws that protect information regarding both students and staff of McCracken County Public Schools. Therefore, the district cannot release names of those under investigation and cannot elaborate on specific personnel actions or situations. All questions regarding these allegations will be referred to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department. The top priority of McCracken County Public Schools is to ensure a safe learning environment for all students.

We are including a copy of the criminal complaint below this story.