He started showing up at her lunch table. And then Clayton James allegedly pulled the then-16-year-old student out of her classes at East Carter High School so he could talk to her. Soon Lindsey Savage was receiving e-mails from James, some of which were sexually explicit.
The former school resource officer was arrested by Kentucky State Police in January on charges of official misconduct, and he later pleaded guilty to the charge.
But in a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Ashland, Savage and her family says officials with the Northern Kentucky school system should have done more to stop James from harassing Savage from June to October 2006.
Moreover, James had allegedly harassed another teenage girl at East Carter High School before he started harassing Savage, the lawsuit says...
...It wasn't until Savage's father called the Kentucky State Police, which initiated the investigation, that school officials told [Grayson Police Chief Keith Hill] ...about the problem. James was then removed from the school.
James pleaded guilty to the charge of official misconduct, a misdemeanor.
He was sentenced to 60 days of home incarceration and paid $178 in court costs and fines, court records show...
Ned Pillersdorf, Savage's lawyer, alleged
- James' behavior, included walking the girl to class, pulling her out of class to bring her to his office and sending inappropriate e-mails from his school computer
- James tried to arrange meetings with her on school grounds to engage in sexual relations
- that Savage complained to school administrators, including a school counselor
- Principal Ada Steele was informed of the problem by teachers
- the school system was deliberately indifferent to an ongoing campaign of sexual solicitation and failed to report the alleged abuse
- James was told to stop the inappropriate behavior but no formal action was taken
The Kentucky State Police statement:
Misdemeanor Arrest in Carter County
Kentucky State Police in Ashland have arrested an Olive Hill resident this date following an extensive investigation into inappropriate behavior by a School Resource Officer (SRO) at East Carter High School. Officer Clayton James from the Grayson Police Department had been assigned as the SRO for East Carter High School whereas a complaint was filed by the parents of a 16 year old female student alleging a series of inappropriate emails sent to the female by James from October 16-27, 2006. James sent the emails from the school computer to the female's home computer. The emails contained information that led investigators to believe James had enticed the female to meet him after school.
James was dismissed from Grayson Police Department shortly after the complaint was filed.
James was arrested at his residence without incident and lodged in the Carter County Detention Center.
** The investigation is continuing by Detective Mark Padgett**