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Local teacher indicted for child sex abuse

Eric Herald (Photo: Campbell County) Eric Herald (Photo: Campbell County)
Eric Herald is accused of inappropriate sexual contact with a child and will be indicted for first degree sexual abuse with a child under 12. Herald has been a physical education teacher at Newport Intermediate for the last year. (FOX19) Eric Herald is accused of inappropriate sexual contact with a child and will be indicted for first degree sexual abuse with a child under 12. Herald has been a physical education teacher at Newport Intermediate for the last year. (FOX19)
NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) -

A Northern Kentucky teacher was arrested and fired on Friday, one day after a grand jury indicted him for sexual abuse with a child under 12.

Eric Herald, a physical education teacher at Newport Intermediate School, is accused of inappropriate sexual contact with a child and was booked into the Campbell County Jail.

Herald had been on administrative leave since Oct. 28 before Newport Independent City School's officially terminated him employment, according to Superintendent Kelly Middleton. She said school officials immediately got a substitute to replace Herald upon finding out about the allegations.

"He hasn't been allowed on campus throughout this investigation and that will stay the same until the investigation is resolved," Middleton said.

Herald has a history of discipline while working for the Boone County School District. FOX19 Investigates found he was disciplined in 2011 for "conduct unbecoming" while employed at Rector A. Jones Middle School.

Middleton stresses they did a complete background check on Herald, and it's a shame because they do so much to ensure student safety.

"You do all this and then you have something from the inside so it's caused us to do a lot of reflecting," Middleton said. "A lot of principals change, and then when that person that you called sometimes give you the information because they've been told if you give out this information you can be sued or it might be someone who's happy to get rid of somebody," said Middleton.

Most states require districts to publicly share any discipline reports of teachers...an effort to keep problem teachers from leaving one school district for another. It's a concept known as passing the trash.

"In the past if an educator had a problem the school district might say if you just resign and go away we won't report you. Then that educator would go to another district or state or whatever and apply and get a job and that's why we're passing the trash," said John Charlton with the Ohio Department of Education.

Newport Police have been looking into the case for several weeks and have not released details of the alleged sexual abuse.

He had been employed with Newport Independents Schools for the past year.

Herald is in the Campbell County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond.

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