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Charges leave Jenkins looking for new coach



School officials have nullified the contract of the recently-hired Jenkins High School head football coach who is now facing misdemeanor charges in Pike County. A search for a new coach is underway.

Lincoln Shane Bentley, 32, was introduced as the new head football coach at Jenkins on March 25, about two weeks before he was charged with two counts of first-degree official misconduct in connection with an alleged incident at East Ridge

Deborah Watts, the new superintendent of the Jenkins Independent School System, confirmed this week that Bentley’s contract was nullified soon before her term began on July 1.

Bentley was charged with the two misdemeanor counts on April 9 after an East Ridge High School student alleged that Bentley, who was her English teacher, asked her if she ever considered showing her breasts to receive a higher grade.

District Kelsey Friend declared a mistrial in Bentley’s case in Pike District Court on June 27 after the Appalachian News-Express published an article on the third day of the trial mentioning details about the case that had not yet been admitted into evidence.

In the article in the News-Express, a Kentucky State Police trooper was quoted as saying he investigated an allegation made by a female student against Bentley when he was a teacher at Elkhorn City Middle School.

A new trial has been set for August 25 in Pike County District Court.

Bentley was a star football player at Fleming-Neon High School. He helped lead his team to a 10-1 record and playoff appearance during his senior season.
 



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