Fired Estill County soccer coach pleads not guilty to raping student


IRVINE, Ky. (WTVQ)- The just-fired Estill County High School soccer coach remains behind bars on rape and other charges after a judge denied a motion to adjust his bond.

28-year-old Andrew Hatton, of Irvine, is in Three Forks Regional Jail on charges related to inappropriate contact he’s accused of having with multiple students at Estill County High School.

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Hatton appeared before a judge for the first time Wednesday via video camera.

Hatton faces several charges including five counts of rape police say are related to an inappropriate relationship he had with an Estill County High School student.

In court, Hattons lawyer entered a not guilty plea on Hatton’s behalf.

His lawyer then tried to get the judge to change Hattons bond from a $50,000 cash bond to a $50,000 cash or property bond.

The judge denied that request saying he agreed with the prosecution that Hatton posed a risk to the community.

Hatton faces charges related to a sexual relationship he’s accused of having with a female student as well as charges relating to nude and sexually explicit photos police say he sent to another student through social media.

Hatton was fired from his position as the school’s soccer coach Wednesday.

This week is the first week back for students.

The superintendent says the district is doing its best to help any students affected.

“We had a group meet this morning and I was a part of that group to talk about providing counseling services for our students to make sure that students that have been impacted by this, that we’re able to meet their needs and the needs of their families,” said Jeff Saylor, superintendent of Estill County Schools.

The school also held a private meeting with parents Wednesday night to address their concerns over this case.

Hatton is due back in court August 22 for a preliminary hearing.