Burke County School District ex-staffer arrested on sex assault charge

Kenyarda Ketrelle Berrian, 36.
Kenyarda Ketrelle Berrian, 36.((Source: The Burke County Sheriff's Office))
Published: Jan. 27, 2021 at 11:11 AM EST
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WAYNESBORO, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A former Burke County School District employee has been arrested on a sexual assault charge, according to the Burke County Sheriff’s Office.

On Jan. 25, school resource deputies at Burke County High School were notified by the administration of an inappropriate relationship between an employee and a student according to authorities.

Deputies said they conducted an investigation and determined the victim was under the age of 18 and there was sufficient probable cause to pursue formal charges.

Officials say 36-year-old Kenyarda Ketrelle Berrian was arrested Tuesday and now faces one charge of “sexual assault by persons with supervisory or disciplinary authority; sexual assault by practitioner of psychotherapy against patient; consent not a defense; penalty upon conviction for sexual assault.”

Burke County Superintendent Dr. Angela Williams said Berrian is no longer an employee of the district. She had been until last week, Williams told News 12.

Williams said Berrian didn’t work in a school but was a receptionist in the administrative offices. The sheriff’s office described her in a news release as a coach.

When asked about the difference in job titles, sheriff’s Capt. Randall Norman told News 12: “Receptionist would be correct as her primary duties. I believe coaching was a secondary duty.”

Williams said the district followed all protocols as far as reporting to the Department of Family and Children Services as well as law enforcement. She said administrators have been fully cooperative with the investigation.

Bond was denied for Berrian, according to jail records. This is an ongoing investigation.

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