Kentucky middle school teacher charged with child sex crimes

NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) — A middle school teacher in Kentucky has been accused of sexually abusing a child over a period of nearly seven years.

Jason Schwartz, of Dayton, was arrested Sunday in connection with the allegations, the Campbell County Police Department said in a news release Monday.

The 32-year-old is employed by the Kenton County School District, and also works as an athletic director at their middle school in Taylor Mill, a town about 99 miles (159 kilometers) northeast of Louisville, news outlets reported.

His arrest came a day after the police department got a tip from the Boone County Sheriff’s Office about a video that depicts a sex crime against a juvenile, police said. Authorities said an investigation found that the last of these crimes had occurred nearly eight years ago.

Schwartz has been booked into the Campbell County Detention Center on charges of first-degree sodomy of a victim under 12-years-old, use of a minor in a sex performance, and first-degree sodomy.

“We have been made aware of the arrest of one of our employees,” Jess Dykes, the school district’s director of public information, said in a statement. “The employee has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation.”

It was not immediately clear if Schwartz had a lawyer who could comment on his behalf.