SEXUAL EXPLOITATION: Former Teacher Charged

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A former Harlan school teacher is facing charges after a 17-year-old claimed she was inappropriately touched by him.

Police arrested 72-year-old Lee Nelson Tuesday.

He faces charges of sexual exploitation by a school employee and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse.

Nelson is a former teacher in the Harlan Community School District.

In May, the 17-year-old and her parents told police Nelson was touching her inappropriately as well as saying rude and inappropriate comments.

Nelson resigned in April. He worked with the Harlan district for 35-years.

Nelson is currently being held in the Shelby County Jail on a $7,000 bond.