Teacher charged with abuse



A Kent County High School teacher was arrested yesterday afternoon and charged with sexually abusing a 16-year-old student in recent weeks.

The teacher, Chestertown resident Kimberly Ann Cordrey-McKinney, is no longer on the faculty. Her resignation was announced Monday at a county school board meeting.

Cordrey-McKinney was charged with two counts each of sexual abuse of a minor, custodial child abuse, unnatural/perverted sexual practice and second-degree assault of the boy, police said. The boy attends the school but was not in any of her classes, police said.

State police say Cordrey-McKinney, an English teacher and former cheerleading coach, called and sent text messages to the boy on multiple occasions, and three times in September and October drove the boy to isolated areas where the two participated in sexual acts.

The Kent County Department of Social Services and state police began a joint investigation Oct. 25 after the department received a report of sexual abuse. Cordrey-McKinney was arrested yesterday at the Kent County state police detachment office in Chestertown.

Statutory rape charges do not apply because the victim is at the age of consent, said Sgt. Thornnie Rouse, a state police spokesman.

"Some things are OK, unfortunately, the way the law reads, and some things aren't," Rouse said. He said the investigation is continuing.

Cordrey-McKinney appeared before a District Court commissioner last night and was released on $50,000 bond.

Kent County schools Superintendent Bonnie Ward would not comment on the case or on Cordrey-McKinney's resignation.

The charges come a week after two female students filed a civil suit against the Kent County school system claiming that county sheriff's officers strip-searched them illegally looking for drugs.


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