PARIS, Ky. — A Bourbon County teacher charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a high school student planned to retire in a few years, a defense attorney said during opening statements at the start of her trial Monday.
Kimberly Fryman, 52, would not have risked losing her job and becoming a registered sex offender, defense attorney Richard Rawdon of Georgetown said. He told jurors in Bourbon Circuit Court that the alleged victim was a problem student who smoked tobacco, used vulgar language and was disruptive in class.
Fryman had taught for the district about 24 years. She was indicted June 11. The indictment says Fryman subjected the boy to sexual contact when he was younger than 18 and she was in a position of authority or special trust.
Rawdon said Fryman, who was the only teacher at an alternative school for students with behavior issues, walked into a room in October 2008 and found the boy with his pants down. He grabbed her hand and forced her to touch his penis, Rawdon said.
Fryman taught at the Continuous Learning Center, which is in a small house near the high school. The center has several rooms where students in various grades often received individual instruction, Rawdon said.
The defense attorney said Fryman told the boy she was going to report him and file "out of control charges" against him, Rawdon said. He said the boy told her she would be sorry if she did that.
Rawdon said Fryman did not plan to report the boy for sexual harassment because her husband, Larry Fryman, is a former deputy sheriff, and she was afraid her husband would want to get even.
"She was afraid of what he might do to the kid," Rawdon said.
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