Judge sets $100K bond for middle school teacher

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GREENUP, Ky. (KT) - Greenup County District Judge Brian C. McCloud set a $100,000 bond Friday for a Russell Middle School teacher accused of sexually exploiting a minor.


The charge against the teacher might not be the last of his legal woes — an assistant commonwealth’s attorney told the judge 57-year-old Derrick Elliott is under investigation in another state for sexual abuse as well.


Elliott was arrested at the school Wednesday on a second-degree sodomy charge. A criminal citation in his case stated Elliott had sexual relations with a girl under the age of 14 between 2018 and 2020.


After reading Elliott’s citation to him, McCloud entered a plea of not guilty for the white-haired man wearing orange and set a preliminary hearing for March 4 (Wednesday). Defense attorney James W. Lyons Jr. moved to have Elliott released from the Greenup County Detention Center on a $10,000 unsecured bond.


The Greenup County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office argued against the bond on the basis of the out-of-state investigation and the nature of the charges. Lyons countered that Elliott is a longtime resident of the county and scored a zero on the assessment used to determine flight risk.


“It’s my understanding with the nature of the crime and the other investigation, he is a danger to the community and a flight risk,” McCloud said.


Lyons then upped his offer to $25,000 cash or property. McCloud denied it and set ankle monitoring, house arrest and no unsupervised contact with children as a condition of Elliott’s bond.


The judge then announced he would recuse himself for the preliminary hearing, on the basis that Elliott had taught his children in school.

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