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February 18, 2011

School employee arrested for rape, sodomy of minor

RICHMOND — A wheelchair-bound Madison Central High School secretary, Lynda Chase, 37, was charged Wednesday with one count of third-degree rape and four counts of third-degree sodomy for allegedly having sexual contact with a 15-year old male student.

The charges were filed by Kentucky State Police after school district officials brought the allegations to their attention, according to Master Trooper Chris Lanham, KSP spokesperson. The case remains under investigation by Trooper Edwin Botkin.

After the high school made district officials aware of the allegations, the district conducted its own investigation and then informed the KSP, said Erin Stewart, school system spokesperson.

The school district continues to cooperate with the KSP investigation, Stewart said.

Chase was not taken into custody, Lanham said, because the Madison County Detention Center is not equipped to deal with handicapped inmates.

Instead, she was cited to district court, where she is scheduled to appear on Monday.

According to a detention center booking officer, no bond was listed for Chase.

In addition to working in the school office for many years, Chase also was a manager/statistician for the MCHS boys basketball team.

More than 30 years ago, Chase was disabled in a traffic accident on Interstate 75 that claimed the life of her father and one of her sisters.

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