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Accuser testifies in teacher sex trial

Nicole Howell (Source: Kenton County Detention Center) Nicole Howell (Source: Kenton County Detention Center)
Nicole Howell in court on Tuesday Nicole Howell in court on Tuesday
Trial begins Tuesday for Nicole Howell Trial begins Tuesday for Nicole Howell

By Corey McConnell - bio | email
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COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - Trial began Tuesday in the case of Nicole Howell, a former Dayton High School teacher accused of sex with a student.

Howell turned herself in to police in January this year, after a 16-year-old football player accused her of sexual abuse. The first-year English teacher was fired from her job shortly after the accusations.

The jury was seated Tuesday morning, and opening statements began Tuesday afternoon. After opening statements, the accuser took the stand, saying he and Howell had sex on four or five differnt occasions.

The witness stated he was drunk after a football game the first time, and he diagramed Howell's apartment for the jury to prove he was there. But the defense says there's no evidence, and there are holes in the teen's story.

"We're gonna go through with Nicole's testimoy, where she was, with receipts every step of the way to prove he is lying," said Eric Deters, Howell's attorney.

"Mr. Deters says there's no evidence," said prosecutor C.J. Burns. "We don't have DNA or a video camera, but we have plenty of testimony on that stand."

The defense will continue to cross examine the teen Wednesday morning.

Howell has strongly denied the allegations, saying the teen stole her cell phone and sent a text message to himself. She appeared on FOX's O'Reilly Factor with Deters, claiming her innocence. Kenton County Judge Gregory Bartlett later issued a gag order in the case.

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