JCPS TEACHER FIRED MONTHS AFTER INDICTMENT ON SEX CRIMES ALLEGEDLY INVOLVING 13-YEAR-OLD STUDENT
May 4, 2021
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Jefferson County Public Schools teacher accused of numerous sex crimes involving one of her 13-year-old students has been fired, a district spokesperson said Tuesday.
Renee Murphy, the district's communications chief, said JCPS fired Micca Watts-Gordon on April 22. She declined to give a reason for the district's termination, and Steve Romines, the attorney listed for Watts-Gordon in her criminal case, declined comment Tuesday because he is not representing her in this matter.
Watts-Gordon, 37, was indicted in October on charges including first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, use of a minor in a sexual performance, distributing obscene content to a minor and six counts of first-degree sexual abuse. She has pleaded not guilty.
Court records indicate that the alleged victim, a 13-year-old male at the time, was one of her students at the W.E.B. DuBois Academy. JCPS reassigned Watts-Gordon to non-teaching duties in November 2019.
Prosecutors allege in a November court filing in response to a discovery order that Watts-Gordon "committed several sex offenses with her student" from Aug. 25, 2019, until Nov. 19, 2019.
Jefferson County Commonwealth's Attorney Tom Wine accused Watts-Gordon in the filing of forcing the teen to touch her vagina, attempting to perform oral sex on him, touching his penis in a movie theater in October 2019, and exchanging "numerous" inappropriate pictures and videos with the student.
Watts-Gordon "sent photos and videos of her breasts and vagina, including a video of her masturbating," the court filing says. "In return, the Defendant asked for and received photos of the victim’s penis and videos of him masturbating."
Wine says in the discovery response that Watts-Gordon deleted her Instagram account, erased her phone and directed the teen to delete his Snapchat account after learning of the police investigation.
Watts-Gordon kept in touch with the victim on social media and through a third party even after being instructed to cease contact, a motion seeking an arrest warrant says.
Wine's office provided Watts-Gordon's attorneys with audio of a 911 call, phone and other electronic device records, text messages, emails, social media records, receipts from Xscape Theater, video surveillance from Main Event, video and audio recordings of interviews, and other discovery records, court documents show.
The most severe charges against her are Class B felonies, which are punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Watts-Gordon is no longer in custody after posting $10,000 bail, court records show. Her trial date is Nov. 2.
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