A former Waynesville teacher is scheduled to appear in court on April 11 for arraignment on a felony charge stemming from an allegation of sexual contact with a student.

A former Waynesville High School math teacher is scheduled to appear in Pulaski County Associate Circuit Court on April 11 for arraignment on a felony charge stemming from an allegation of sexual contact with a student.

Kristy Sicard of Lebanon resigned from the school district in the wake of the allegation. Sicard was charged on March 1 with one felony count of sexual contact with a student. According to court documents, the Waynesville school resource officer initially contacted the Waynesville police department in November of 2017. The incidents alleged took place between March and May of 2016. The victim alleged he met with the teacher on two different occasions in the classroom when no one else was present. The victim also alleged Sicard had sent several nude photos of her to his cell phone. Several of his friends had seen the photos on his phone while playing games at the victim’s home.

The case was originally assigned to Judge Colin Long. He has recused himself and another judge will be appointed. Judge Michael Vernon Headrick is currently listed as the judge for the upcoming arraignment hearing.

Sicard was a math teacher with the Waynesville School District for approximately 10 years. She resigned her position after being placed on leave.

According to Superintendent Brian Henry, the district has received inquiries regarding an employee who has been served with criminal charges. Because it is a personnel matter and involves a current criminal prosecution, the district is very limited in what it can say. The district understands that the public may have specific questions that they cannot answer; however, law enforcement officials may be able to discuss issues because they are not bound by the same privacy laws.

In a release from the district, Henry said, “When the district received the allegations regarding the alleged misconduct, we took immediate action to place the employee on leave, pending the legal proceedings and investigation, to ensure that the school environment was safe for all of our students and staff. The employee has since resigned from the district.”

Waynesville High School Principal Courtney Long said that the safety and education of students will remain their first and most important priority. The district asked for the support of the community in helping make that goal a reality.