A former Highlands High School teacher has been indicted on first degree sex abuse charges.
Andrea Conners, 33, of Cleves, Ohio was a business education teacher at the school for the past 8 years.
According to a statement from Ft. Thomas Schools, rumors started last Wednesday that a faculty member may have been involved in an inappropriate relationship with a student.
Multiple students and parents contacted FOX19, alleging Andrea Conners resigned on Thursday from Highland High amid allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a student.
Her personnel file shows a written resignation letter was submitted on Thursday.
On Thursday, a Campbell County Grand Jury indicted Conners for sex abuse in the first degree.
The indictment alleges the relationship happened between October 1, 2011 & November 30, 2011.
Kentucky Defense Attorney Lisa Wells talked to FOX19 about the possible sentence Conners may receive.
"It's 1 - 5 years and most judges are not gonna probate a sex offender so in the event she were to go to trial a jury would have to give her a minimum of one year because they can't probate that sentence either. But usually if you plead in front of a judge on a sex offense you're gonna get actual jail time. Maybe, maybe a split sentence if the victim were to speak on her behalf she could get 5 yrs probated and only serve six months but it's been my experience, especially in Campbell County, if it's a sex offense and you're pleading guilty to it you should expect to serve some jail time," she said.
Sources tell FOX19 News that Conners is married and has two young sons.
Conners' lawyer, Cincinnati-based Robert W. Dziech II, released a statement on Thursday that said, "This is a very difficult time for all people involved. It is our hope that the privacy of all families will be respected. We have full faith in the judicial system, and believe that all issues pertaining to this matter should be resolved by that system. Towards that end, we have no further comment at this time."
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