BEHS tech dismissed after sex allegations

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By Alex Wimsatt

 MOUNT WASHINGTON - A now former employee of Bullitt East High School found himself in jail and out of a job only hours after being arrested on a sexual abuse charge. 

Bullitt County Public Schools attorney Eric Farris said 50-year-old Chester L. Faith was terminated after local police arrested him in connection with an alleged incident involving a Bullitt East student around 1 a.m. on Friday. 

It was then that Mount Washington police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle on Martha's Court, a secluded street in the Cherry Hill neighborhood, according to a uniform citation issued by local law enforcement. 

The report stated that when officers located the vehicle they observed Faith in the back seat with a female. 

“Officers stopped the vehicle as the female jumped into the driver’s seat and took off,” the report stated. 

After reading Miranda rights to both subjects, police discovered Faith was a computer tech in the library at Bullitt East High School and that it was there he met the 16-year-old female, according to the citation. 

“Further investigation included the admittance by both parties that the relationship included at least six of these types of meeting ups and during them sexual interactions had taken place...and at least one attempt at intercourse,” the report stated. 

“The above subject admitted on several occasions to officers that he knew it was wrong because he was an employee of school and married with two children.”

Faith was charged with first-degree sexual abuse and transported to the Bullitt County Detention Center where he was briefly detained before being released on a $10,000 property bond.

Farris said BCPS officials immediately terminated Faith after learning of the investigation on Friday, adding that the former employee was issued a letter by superintendent Keith Davis upon his dismissal. 

Farris said Faith was cooperative with local law enforcement in their investigation, which yielded sufficient information to warrant his termination. 

The school system has undertaken an investigation of its own to find if there were any prior incidents on school property and if other students might have been involved, according to Farris. 

In the aftermath of Faith’s arrest Farris said BCPS officials were reaching out to the alleged victim and her family, as well as the suspect’s family.