Sunday, January 12, 2003

PTA secretary charged with raping students

Photos of elementary kids discovered

The Associated Press

SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. - The secretary of the PTA at a Bullitt County elementary school has been charged with raping and sexually abusing students.

Bullitt County Sheriff's deputies arrested John K. Foote Thursday, after finding photographs and videos in his home depicting young children in sexually explicit acts, sheriff's Detective Jim McAuliffe said.

Mr. Foote was charged with first-degree rape, sodomy, sexual abuse and use of a minor in a sexual performance.

Detective McAuliffe said Mr. Foote, 60, victimized more than one elementary school student from Freedom Elementary School at his Shepherdsville home. Detective McAuliffe would not confirm how many, saying the investigation is ongoing and that he expects more people to come forward.

Mr. Foote was arraigned in Bullitt District Court on Friday and was being held in the county jail on a $500,000 cash bond.

Detective McAuliffe said detectives began investigating Mr. Foote after a physician called them regarding a child examined at a local hospital. State child protective services also was called and is assisting in the investigation, he said.

School board attorney Eric Farris said at least one of the victims - a third-grader at Freedom - was a neighbor of Foote's.

Bullitt school officials were shocked to hear of Foote's arrest, Mr. Farris said. Mr. Foote had been active in Bullitt schools since at least 1996 and had served on the site-based decision-making council at Bullitt Lick Middle School.

"Those who were familiar with him were very surprised and disappointed," Mr. Farris said.

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