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Bardstown coach facing sodomy, porn and tampering charges

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By Staff

Devin Yocum, a seventh- and eighth-grade girls basketball coach at Bardstown Middle School, was arraigned Friday morning on charges related to inappropriate actions with a student. Those charges include two counts of third-degree sodomy, possession or viewing of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, and tampering with a witness.

Yocum, 37, was booked in the Nelson County Jail on Wednesday. According to a post-arrest citation from the Bardstown Police Department, the alleged crimes involved a 17-year-old high school student.

The complaint indicates the allegations involved "oral sex" on two occasions, and the student told police Yocum had sent inappropriate images to her cell phone.

During the police interview with the student, Yocum called her “with the intent to affect the testimony of the witness,” according to police. Yocum was mirandized and admitted to the allegations, according to the complaint.

In addition to coaching middle school girls, Yocum, at one point, also served as an assistant girls varsity basketball coach and was an instructional assistant. He is no longer employed with the district.

Bardstown City Schools Superintendent Brent Holsclaw released the following statement regarding the arrest:  

“The school district received credible information of an alleged inappropriate relationship between a classified (non-teaching) employee and a student,” the statement reads. “The school district notified law enforcement and immediately suspended the employee while additional information was gathered and the matter was investigated by police.

“The employee was subsequently terminated immediately due to alleged inappropriate/unprofessional behavior with a student, which is a violation of School Board policy. Because this is an ongoing investigation and in the hands of law enforcement, the school district cannot comment further on the matter.”