Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette

Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette

A lawsuit has been filed in Grayson Circuit Court by the parents of the alleged rape victim of former Grayson County High School teacher Gavin Logsdon against the Grayson County Board of Education, Grayson County High School Principal Todd Johnston, Grayson County Schools Superintendent Doug Robinson, and Logsdon.

The complaint, originally filed on Nov. 17, 2017, alleges that Robinson and Johnston were both aware of the alleged sexual relationship between Logsdon and the juvenile student but "failed to report the illegal activity of Logsdon at any point during this time period to any law enforcement at this time or report to the state allegations of abuse."

Additionally, the complaint alleges that both Robinson and Johnston failed to take any action to suspend or monitor Logsdon after hearing the allegations.

The complaint states that, beginning in the spring of 2016, Logsdon, while teaching at Grayson County High School, began to engage with the then-minor and other female students at the school "in such a fashion that other school teachers and administrators commented on the frequency and intimacy among themselves and to Defendant Logsdon."

The complaint alleges that Johnston told Logsdon that others were talking about him and that Logsdon and the alleged victim "needed to be careful."

In June of 2016, according to the complaint, while the juvenile was 17 years old and Logsdon was 30 years old, the two began a romantic relationship that continued through November of 2016, in violation of Kentucky state law and Board policy.

"Over the course of the summer of 2016, Defendant Logsdon and the minor Plaintiff were seen in each other's company on multiple occasions by persons who told Defendants Johnston and Robinson about their observations of Logsdon and the minor Plaintiff," the complaint states.

Then, in August of 2016, Johnston allegedly met with Logsdon to express concerns and observations about the relationship between Logsdon and the juvenile, according to the complaint.

"Defendant Johnston attributed his information to a 'very reliable source' that Logsdon and the minor Plaintiff had recently been seen together in Logsdon's truck behind an elementary school in Grayson County," the complaint states.

Shortly after the August meeting between Logsdon and Johnston, Robinson also met with Logsdon to tell him that a "trustworthy person" had told Robinson that Logsdon and the minor were seen in Logsdon's vehicle at this elementary school, according to the complaint.

"Defendant Robinson told Mr. Logsdon to be careful for no other purpose than to help Defendant Logsdon avoid getting caught committing a crime with this student," the complaint alleges.

The complaint goes on to state that, following these meetings and despite the warnings of both Robinson and Johnston, Logsdon requested that Johnston give permission for the minor to be transferred into Logsdon's class, which Johnston allegedly approved.

"Defendant Johnston's approval of the transfer encouraged and deepened the relationship between Logsdon and the minor Plaintiff," the complaint states.

The complaint states that Johnston further failed to take any action to suspend or monitor Logsdon after the transfer; however, during a preliminary hearing on Dec. 9, 2016 regarding a charge against Logsdon, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Detective Bryan Washer testified that Johnston had said the minor had been removed from Logsdon's class because of "suspicions," according to the complaint.

Logsdon was arrested by the KSP on Nov. 22, 2016, at which time he reportedly confessed to his relationship with the minor.

The complaint states that Johnston contacted the plaintiffs in the case (the minor and her parents) and recommended the minor "either leave school for the remainder of the semester or enroll in the Homebound Program," and commented that this was necessary because of "how dearly persons at the School 'loved' Logsdon."

The complaint alleges that, after Logsdon's arrest and confession, the minor was ridiculed and subjected to repeated harassment at the school, with the knowledge and indifference of school officials, to the point she had to leave the school and enroll in the Homebound Program.

The complaint states that "School officials further acted to harass the minor Plaintiff with indifference to vandalism committed on School property to the minor Plaintiff's 'senior block.' The Plaintiff Parents have suffered public ridicule and embarrassment throughout the community because of the Defendants' actions and omissions."

The lawsuit, filed by McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC, a law firm out of Lexington, requests a trial by jury and actual compensatory and punitive damages for the plaintiffs.

Grayson County Schools issued a statement regarding the lawsuit filed against the district, Johnston, Robinson, and Logsdon:

"We have been asked to comment regarding the allegations in the lawsuit filed by the parents of (alleged victim's name redacted) against the Grayson County Board of Education, Todd Johnston, Doug Robinson, and Gavin Logsdon presently pending in the Grayson Circuit Court.

"As soon as this matter came to the attention of school district officials, Mr. Logsdon was suspended pending an investigation. He resigned six days later. Based on our investigation, the administrators did everything reasonably possible to protect students in the District.

"This school district considers the safety of our students to be our highest priority and will continue to take any steps necessary to protect our students."

Logsdon was previously set to go to trial in Grayson Circuit Court for the charge of Rape, 3rd Degree in relation to his alleged sexual relationship in 2016 with a then-student whom was, at the time, under the age of 18 and with whom he came into contact as a result of his occupation at GCHS.

However, when the time came to select a jury for the scheduled three-day trial, the court could not garner a full, 12-person jury. Circuit Court Judge Robert Miller presided over the proceedings and sought a 12-person impartial jury plus one alternate.

Grayson County Circuit Court Clerk Stacie Blain said Logsdon’s attorney must, by June 5, either make a motion for a change of venue or set a new trial date.

Logsdon has remained free on bond since November of 2016.

Editor's Note: It is the policy of the Grayson County News-Gazette not to publish the name of any alleged victim of sexual abuse or assault.