A Kentucky teacher has been arrested and accused of providing a 15-year-old boy with alcohol before having sex with him last year.
Amy Hamilton, 40, turned herself into authorities on Monday. The Harrison County Prosecutor charged her with felony sexual misconduct with a minor. Hamilton, who currently teaches in Oldham County, Kentucky, was also charged with misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
In charging documents first obtained by the Louisville Courier Journal, investigators allege that Hamilton first met the teenager in 2017 when she worked as a teacher at Stuart Pepper Middle School in Meade County, Indiana.
The prosecutor’s office says that she did not immediately have a sexual relationship with the student while she was his teacher, but kept in contact with him via text message when she took a new job in Kentucky.
According to charging documents, the relationship turned sexual in March 2018.
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Police allege that Hamilton provided the child with about nine beers while she drank several bottles of wine, WKYT reports.
Court documents allege the student had made sexual advances earlier in the day, but Hamilton resisted. Later, however, she allegedly led him to her bedroom where they had sex, according to the documents.
The allegations have caught her current school district by surprise.
When asked about the allegations, a representative for Oldham County Schools told WAVE 3 News, “This information is new to us, but we will take the appropriate actions to ensure the safety of our students.”
According to online arrest records, Hamilton posted the $5,000 bond and was released. Court records do not list an attorney authorized to speak on her behalf. If she’s convicted of the felony charge, she faces up to 12 years in prison.
Hamilton is scheduled to appear in court on February 19 at 9 a.m. local time, when she is expected to enter a plea.