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Tuttle's case heads to the grand jury


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The case of former Harlan County High School JROTC Instructor Daniel Tuttle is now set to be heard by the grand jury in Harlan. The grand jury will decide if there is enough evidence to indict him.

Tuttle was charged with sexual abuse 1st degree in regard to a student at the school last year.

Here is our original story as it appeared in January:

JROTC instructor, 47 year old Daniel Tuttle of Middlesboro, has turned himself into authorities and has been booked into the Harlan County Detention Center after allegations of inappropriate contact with a 15 year old female student at Harlan County High School.

Harlan Superintendent Brent Roark tells WRIL that the allegation was made by the student’s family directly to Kentucky State Police on the night of March 15, 2018.

He goes on to say that the morning of March 16th KSP, along with social services, came to see him in regard to the allegations. Superintendent Roark states that he then placed Tuttle on administrative leave pending the investigation, but that he is no longer employed with the school system.

The superintendent said that a portion of the JROTC instructor’s pay is funded through the federal government, but that Tuttle was fully employed by the school system.

Daniel Tuttle has been formally charged with sexual abuse 1st degree and currently has no bond (updated - he was given bond and was released).

He was previously employed by Middlesboro, Pineville, and Bell County law enforcement agencies, but not during the time of the allegation.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Josh Howard is handling this investigation.

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