CHHS teacher accused of sexually abusing student loses job


by WHAS11, Maggie Ruper

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 11 at 12:18 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Central Hardin High School Spanish teacher was arrested after police said he admitted to having inappropriate relations with a female student.

Police said Edwin Bonet Ruiz, of Radcliff, was charged with sexual abuse and prohibited use of an electronic device to communicate with an individual after he admitted to hugging and kissing a 14-year-old student in his classroom late last week.

Police said Bonet admitted to touching the girl in an inappropriate way.

Ruiz is a native of Puero Rico and has been with CHHS since 2000, according to the school's website, where he was listed as a spanish teacher Tuesday afternoon.  In a press conference Tuesday, officials said Ruiz is no longer worked at the school.

Bonet was charged with Sexual Abuse 1st, Class D Felony, and Unlawful Abuse of Electronic Means Originating Within the Commonwealth to induce a minor to engage in sexual or prohibited activities, Class D Felony. Bonet is lodged at the Hardin County Detention Center.

Central Hardin High School released a letter about the incident Monday evening:

We would like to share with you the facts concerning an incident regarding a Central Hardin High School faculty member.  Hardin County Schools has terminated the contract of Central Hardin High School teacher Edwin Bonet-Ruiz after an investigation by the district and the Elizabethtown Police Department.

Mr. Bonet-Ruiz, a Spanish teacher at Central Hardin High School, received a letter of termination late Tuesday afternoon.
The Elizabethtown Police Department arrested and charged Mr. Bonet-Ruiz early Monday evening.  He received a letter notifying him that he was suspended with pay during the HCS investigation.  Hardin County Schools’ investigation is complete and its findings led to Mr. Bonet-Ruiz’s dismissal.  An investigation is still open by the Elizabethtown Police Department.
We maintain that integrity and student safety remain a priority at Central Hardin High School.  Any threat to either of these will be taken very seriously.
If you have questions, please contact me at 270-737-6800.
Tim Isaacs