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Black Collar Crime: Lutheran Youth Worker Kevin Lentz Accused of Sex Crimes

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Kevin Lentz, a youth leader at Faith Lutheran Church in Lexington, Kentucky, and a teacher at Henry Clay High School, stands accused of 10 counts of distribution of obscene matter to a minor, seven counts of use of a minor in a sexual performance (under 16), and six counts of tampering with physical evidence.

The Lexington Times reports:

A Lexington high school teacher, Kevin Lentz, 49, has been charged with 17 sexual offenses involving minors and has been placed on leave by the Fayette County district, according to a report by the Herald-Leader’s Valarie Honeycutt Spears. Lentz, an English teacher at Henry Clay High School, was arrested and charged with 10 counts of distribution of obscene matter to a minor, seven counts of use of a minor in a sexual performance (under 16), and six counts of tampering with physical evidence.

The Fayette County Public Schools spokesperson, Dia Davidson Smith, confirmed the arrest, emphasizing the district’s commitment to student safety and cooperation with the authorities. Lentz is currently being held at the Fayette County Detention Center, and the investigation is ongoing.

Lentz was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the Lexington Police investigation. He had been employed with the district since August 11, 2005. The school principal, Corye Franklin, informed families of the arrest and reassured them of the school’s commitment to transparent communication and support.

Additionally, Lexington’s Faith Lutheran Church Pastor Dana Lockhart stated that Lentz had volunteered in the youth program but would be removed from his role under child protection policies.

Law & Crime adds:

A 49-year-old high school teacher in Kentucky is facing a spate of felonies for allegedly enticing a 9-year-old boy to send him photographs of his genitals while sending the child pornography in return.

Kevin Daniel Lentz was taken into custody on Tuesday and charged with 10 counts of distribution of obscene matter to a minor, seven counts of use of a minor under age 16 in a sexual performance, and six counts of tampering with physical evidence, records reviewed by Law&Crime show.

Lentz was an English teacher at Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Kentucky, since 2005, but administrators placed him on leave following his arrest earlier this week.

“We have been made aware of the arrest of Mr. Kevin Lentz,” Fayette County Public Schools said in a statement sent to Lexington NBC affiliate WLEX-TV. “The safety and well-being of our students is our top priority. FCPS will fully cooperate with all authorities during their investigation. We remain committed to maintaining a secure and supportive learning environment for all our students.”

The school also said that Lentz’s administrative leave is dependent upon the outcome of the investigation.

According to a report from the Lexington Herald-Leader, investigators with the Lexington Police Department said Lentz told the victim to delete their unlawful sexual conversations, telling the boy to do it “so his parents wouldn’t know” about their ongoing relationship. When Lentz allegedly exchanged messages with the victim, the former teacher reportedly sent at least 10 pornographic images to the boy.

Lentz allegedly began messaging with the victim in July, the Herald-Leader reported.

Following his arrest, Lentz appeared before Fayette District Court Judge Lindsay Thurston, who ordered him to be detained in lieu of $50,000 bond, the Herald-Leader reported. Jail records show Lentz was still incarcerated at the Fayette Detention Center on Thursday afternoon. Should he post bond and be released, Judge Thurston prohibited Lentz from having contact with minors.

Bruce Gerencser, 66, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 45 years. He and his wife have six grown children and thirteen grandchildren. Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist.

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