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Daniel Boone High School teacher charged with sexual battery

A Daniel Boone High School plumbing teacher was charged with sexual battery by an authority figure last week after an investigation into allegations of inappropriate contact with a student at the school.
Estel L. Kiser, 62, 1528 Broad St., Elizabethton, had worked as a teacher in the career technical department at Boone since 2001, according to Director of Schools Ron Dykes.
An allegation against Kiser was brought to school administrators on Dec. 9, 2010.
The school system then launched an investigation into the alleged sexual battery against a 14-year-old female student at the school.
Kiser was suspended for 15 days during the investigation in which the Washington County Sheriff’s Office also got involved.
“Once I realized they intended to present to the grand jury, I suspended him indefinitely,” Dykes said. “He was officially suspended at that time.”
A grand jury reportedly indicted Kiser on the charge a short time later.
“Before he surrendered himself to the courts, that same day, he stopped by my office to submit his letter of retirement, effective immediately,” Dykes said.
According to authorities, the allegation stems from an incident at school where Kiser allegedly put his hand to the girl’s heart while asking her if her heart was beating fast.
Further details of the alleged sexual battery were not immediately available.
According to Dykes, Kiser had been reprimanded in the past for “behavior in an unprofessional manner.”
“But it had nothing to do with sexual contact,” Dykes emphasized.
Kiser turned himself into police last week at the Washington County Detention Center. He was being held there on $15,000 bond.
For now, Kiser’s job at Boone has been filled by a substitute teacher, who also is a licensed plumber.
However, Kiser’s submittal of his letter of retirement means, regardless of the outcome in court, he will not be returning to the school system, Dykes said.