Former Johnson County Schools employee indicted on multiple counts of ‘inappropriate contact’

According to court records, Darrin Rice is charged with third-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse, and third-degree sodomy.
Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 9:45 PM EDT
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UPDATE 9/22/22 @ 6 p.m.

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) - A former school employee in Johnson County was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on multiple felony sexual assault charges.

According to court records, 54-year-old Darrin Rice, of Wittensville, is charged with third-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse, and third-degree sodomy.

Rice is a former girls basketball coach at Johnson Central High School.

According to the indictment, the charges against him go back to October of 2016.

The indictment alleges Rice knowingly and unlawfully engaged in sexual intercourse with a 17-year-old who he’d come into contact with because of his position of trust and authority.

Johnson County Schools released a statement Wednesday, saying their priority is the safety and welfare of all students, and they always strive to work with law enforcement and the community to protect students.

The KHSAA website lists Rice as becoming the coach at Johnson Central in 2013.

WSAZ has reached out to the school district to ask when Rice was last employed there. Our messages have not been returned.

Court officials say Rice posted a $5,000 cash bond Wednesday, and a court date is pending.

According to court records, for each of his three charges, Rice faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

ORIGINAL STORY 9/21/22

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) - A former employee and girls basketball coach with Johnson County Schools has been indicted on multiple counts of inappropriate contact, according to a release from the school system.

“Our priority is the safety and welfare of all students,” Johnson County Schools said Wednesday in a news release. “Although this deals with a former employee, we always strive to work with law enforcement and the community to protect each and every one of our students.”

The school system said it is referring all questions to Kentucky State Police officials investigating the case.

No other details have been released. Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest.