By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal
NEW ALBANY – A New Albany High School soccer coach and history teacher has been placed on administrative leave after being accused of having improper contact with a female student.
Taylor Nichols was arrested Sunday and charged with touching a child for lustful purposes while occupying a position of trust of authority. He was released after posting a $5,000 bond, said District Attorney Ben Creekmore.
Nichols is accused of kissing the student. He appeared before Circuit Court Judge John A. Gregory on Monday.
“The matter is under investigation, and as it is a personnel issue, we are unable to comment,” New Albany Superintendent Charles Garrett said in a prepared statement
Nichols is in his mid-20s. The victim is safe, Creekmore said, but authorities are protecting her identity.
“We have taken lengthy measures to protect her identity so that she can begin to recover,” Creekmore said.
“It is our responsibility under the law to protect juveniles that are victims of a crime. For any juvenile that has been a victim of a crime, speculation is not healthy. If people are wrong, it is just a dangerous thing to do.”
Nichols has been teaching since 2008, according to the New Albany High School website. He teaches 10th-grade world history and is the head boys soccer coach and an assistant girls soccer coach.
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