Former children’s home teacher arrested for sexual misconduct with minor

Kenya Marshall

LEBANON, Ind.– A former teacher at the Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home is facing several charges, including sexual misconduct with a minor.

Kenya Marshall, 47, is currently being held in the Boone County Jail.

According to court documents, the alleged offenses happened between April and September of this year. He’s accused of groping a juvenile and pressuring her to perform sex acts on him on multiple occasions.

The victim told police Marshall would threaten her if she ever told anyone what happened.

Court documents show Marshall initially denied the accusations, but later told police the sexual encounters did happen.  He claimed he “never forced (her) to do anything she didn’t want to do.”

The Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home turned over video evidence of the sexual misconduct and say they’re fully cooperating with the investigation.

Marshall faces two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor and one count of neglect of a dependent.

Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home issued this statement:

“We have learned that law enforcement has arrested one of our staff members for alleged misconduct. We are cooperating with the local and state officials. When we learned of the allegation, we immediately put the involved staff member on paid leave until resolution of the investigation. Upon learning of his arrest, we have now terminated his employment.

“Since 1915, our top priority has been to provide our youth with safe, compassionate care to enrich their lives through Christian values. We do not tolerate any behavior that is in conflict with this pursuit. While our residential campus employs rigorous controls to prevent this type of alleged incident, we will continue reviewing our policies and procedures to identify any potential gaps that need to be addressed. We ask that you pray for our youth and our staff during this difficult time.”

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