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Oct 16, 2009 4:00 PM

Former Teacher Accused Of Sex With Student Found Not Guilty

A former Campbell County teacher accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student was found not guilty in the case Friday.

Former Dayton High School teacher Nicole Howell was acquitted of first-degree sex abuse. She had testified Thursday that she hadn't even held the student's hand or allowed him to touch her.

The jury deliberated for about an hour before reaching the not guilty verdict.

In opening day testimony on Tuesday, the former Dayton High School football player testified that four or five sexual encounters with Howell were consensual. At the time of the alleged incidents, the boy was 16 and Howell was 25.

Defense lawyer Eric Deters has said the boy made up the story so he could brag to his friends.

A state statute was changed last year to criminalize teachers having sex with students under 18. The age of consent in Kentucky is 16.

Associated Press Wire Services Contributed To This Story.

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