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Lincoln Co. High School teacher charged with wanton endangerment

Posted at 1:36 PM, Feb 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-14 17:54:48-05

LINCOLN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)  — A former teacher at Lincoln County High School has been charged with wanton endangerment for an incident involving students at the school and a young child.

According to officials with the school, Courtney Martin resigned from her job before her arrest. The incident allegedly involved drinking alcohol while driving with a child in her vehicle. Martin is also accused of congregating with LCHS students.

Stanford police were notified about the investigation after they were contacted. It was also alleged that Martin was involved in an inappropriate relationship with an LCHS student. Investigators say that the encounter between Martin and the 18-year-old did not occur on school property. There will be no charges filed in connection to the alleged sexual misconduct due to the age of the student.

Martin did admit to hanging out with the students and drinking with a child in her vehicle. She resigned from Lincoln County School on Feb. 13.

The superintendent of Lincoln County Schools released a statement, "Our heart goes out to those affected by the events that resulted in the arrest of Courtney Martin. Our primary concern is always for the safety and well-being of our students and the members of our school community. The Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky Certified Personnel explicitly states a teacher shall not engage in any sexually related behavior with a student with or without consent. The Lincoln County School system maintains high standards for all our employees and these allegations stand in stark contrast to our expectations.”