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Crider indicted on sex charges

Staff Report

June 4, 2014

A former Harlan Independent Schools teacher has been indicted on sex crime charges following an investigation by Kentucky State Police.


Kevin Crider, 41, of Evarts, was arrested on by Kentucky State Police on Tuesday.


According to a press release, KSP Det. Craig Miller presented the case to the grand jury on Monday.


The release states Crider was arrested and charged with eight counts of distribution of obscene material to minors, 17 counts of distribution of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor, 38 counts of distribution of obscene material, three counts of use of a minor under 16 in a sex performance, one count of solicitation of use of a minor under 16 in a sex performance, seven counts of use of a minor to distribute matter portraying a sex performance by a minor, seven counts of possession/ views of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, three counts of promoting a sex performance by a minor under 16 years-of-age and one count of solicitation of promoting a sex performance by a minor under 16 years-of-age.


Crider was originally arrested on April 2 on charges that led to the indictment.


KSP Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs said shortly after Crider’s April arrest that KSP was contacted by Harlan Independent Schools in February concerning allegations of a teacher having improper communication with students. KSP began an investigation at that time. An arrest warrant and search warrant was then obtained after evidence was taken to the county attorney.


Crider was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.


The case is being investigated by Miller.