Nicole Howell (Source: Kenton County Detention Center)
COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A judge in Covington has issued a gag order in a sex case against a former high school teacher in northern Kentucky.
Nicole Howell is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old football player.
Kenton Circuit Judge Gregory Bartlett issued the gag order Thursday after defense attorney Eric Deters compared the prosecution's case to the high profile and now-discredited prosecution of three Duke University athletes.
Deters had also told The Kentucky Enquirer prosecutors were trying to "intentionally and maliciously" destroy his client's life.
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Stefanie Kastner told the court Deters was trying to influence potential jurors two weeks before Howell's trial.
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