Highlands teacher resigns amid claims of relationship with student

Published: May. 8, 2012 at 4:19 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 25, 2013 at 6:07 PM EST
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Andrea Conners from the 2009 Highlander yearbook
Andrea Conners from the 2009 Highlander yearbook

FT. THOMAS, KY (FOX19) - FOX19 has confirmed that Andrea Conners, who taught accounting and finance at Highlands High School, has resigned and has hired an attorney.

That attorney tells FOX19 she resigned, but when asked about claims of a sexual relationship with a student, the attorney declined to comment, and referred all matters to Highlands High School.

FOX19 has spoken with school officials, the Campbell County prosecutor, Fort Thomas police, the victim's father and Conners' husband. All have declined to comment.

So far no charges have been filed. Attorney Lisa Wells says, "Anytime you have a teacher/student relationship there's going to be a special statue that protects the student from that sort of sexual activity. So if there was any type of sexual conduct and that could be as minimal as touching which would be contact it would be Sex Abuse in the First Degree so you would face a Class D Felony. If there's any element of force it could go up from there it could be as high as a Class A Felony. It depends on the age of the victim and it depends on what occurred between the victim and the perpetrator."

If the inappropriate relationship started when he was 17, Conners could face charges.

FOX19 legal analyst Mike Allen says, "It is a crime under Kentucky law if the offender is in a position of authority over that student which a teacher obviously would be."

What about if the student is 18?

"It would appear that if the student is 18 then there is no criminal liability on behalf of the teacher under Kentucky law," said Allen.

According to the Ft. Thomas Independent School website, Conners has a Master's in Education from NKU. Sources say Conners is married with two young boys and is 33-years-old.

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