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A former high school teacher accused of having sex with a student is now challenging the constitutionality of a state law used to charge her.

Former Oldham County High School teacher Haley Reed, 37, faces rape, sodomy and unlawful transaction with a minor charges.

Police say, she admitted to having sex with a 17-year-old while she was choir teacher at the high school. The encounters allegedly happened between April and June 2018 during after school hours inside the school.

According to the indictment, Reed was charged because she was “in a position of authority” of someone under the age of 18.

In a court filing, the defense claims the student was old enough to consent to a sexual relationship under state law, which means Reed’s rights under Kentucky’s constitution were violated when she was arrested.

Reed’s four-day trial begins in November.

A Kentucky teacher has been charged with raping her 15-year-old student.

Twenty-three-year-old Kendall Burk was a biology teacher at Grant County High School. The sheriff says she began a relationship with one of her 15-year-old male students at the end of last school year and it turned sexual over the summer.

Burk graduated from the University of Kentucky just a couple of years ago. On Wednesday, she was booked into the Grant County Jail on four counts of rape and four counts of sodomy, which, by Kentucky statute, can mean oral sex. The school district said this all happened very quickly. A student Wednesday told a teacher; the teacher told the administration. Following a quick investigation, the administration told the sheriff’s office.

“Our deputies, at that point, once they were alerted, interviewed some other students who had made the allegations and worked backwards, interviewing the victim as well as the teacher,” said Grant County Sheriff Brian Mains.

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A Louisville man was arrested after he fractured an 8-year-old’s skull with a shovel Friday and sexually assaulted her, according to police. Cane L. Madden, 29, has been charged with first-degree rape, assault and robbery in connection with the attack that reportedly took place in the California neighborhood. According to an arrest citation, Louisville Metro Police officers responded about 4:30 p.m. Friday to a report of a 8-year-old girl who had been hit in the head with a shovel and robbed of her iPad. The girl was taken to the emergency room at Norton Children’s Hospital, where a doctor told detectives she suffered a right skull fracture, multiple cuts and bruises to the head and “significant bruising and tearing of the vaginal wall, which is indicative of sexual assault,” according to the arrest report.

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A northern Kentucky man is going to prison for 15 years after pointing a gun at officers in Erlanger, and body camera video from the arrest has been released.

Officers opened fire on Dexter Helton after serving a drug warrant. This happened outside the Peecox Bar off Donaldson Highway in April 2018.

Police say Helton ran out the back of the bar when they went in. They say Helton then pulled out a gun and pointed it at them, which is why they say they fired several shots, hitting him.

Helton survived and pleaded guilty on Monday to wanton endangerment and fleeing police.