SOMERSET, Ky. (WYMT) - A former southern Kentucky elementary school employee is in jail accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenager.
Police arrested 38-year-old Traci Flynn in Florida after she was indicted by a Pulaski County grand jury. Police say Flynn went on the trip to Florida with Southwestern High School knowing she was under investigation by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.
A source close to the investigation told WYMT Flynn was in Florida attending a cheerleading competition that her relative was in, and she was not there in any kind of official school capacity.
Police say the mother of the victim, a 14-year-old boy, came to them late last year. We are told the allegations took place between Nov. 21 and Dec. 28, 2016.
Flynn worked as a teacher's aide for Southern Elementary School, but Pulaski County officials say she was suspended when the investigation started in December.
Police could not comment on how the victim and Flynn knew each other, but they say the alleged behavior did not happen on school grounds and the victim was not a student at Southern Elementary School at the time of the allegations.
The boy's mother says she learned of the relationship after her son and some friends were overheard talking about it during a sleepover. That's when she went to police.
“I can't speak over everybody, but all I know is, talk to your kids. If there is any kind of problem, please go to your parents, tell them. Do not be scared. Your parents will always have your back and be there for you,” the boy’s mother told WYMT.
Flynn is charged with four counts of third degree rape for allegedly having sex with the 14-year-old. She is also charged with two counts of sodomy and using an electronic communications system to procure a minor to commit a sexual offense. The victim’s mother told WYMT that Flynn and her son were sending messages using an iPad and iPhone.
Flynn is in a Kissimmee Florida jail awaiting extradition back to Kentucky.