Teacher arrested on strangulation, assault, other charges

LEE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Lee County Elementary School teacher and former candidate for the Legislature has been charged with first-degree strangulation, fourth-degree domestic assault, public intoxication, resisting arrest, menacing and other offenses.

According to jail records and arrest citations, 53-year-old Michael Brent Duncil was arrested Saturday afternoon during a dispute at his home 51 Bowles Road in Beattyville. He teaches fifth-grade social studies at the elementary school, where he has been for more than 20 years.

The arrest affidavits allege he had been drinking and became “defensive” when a relative tried to take his car keys away from him. The incident went down hill from there, according to the citations.

During the arrest, he also allegedly became violent with deputies and in the patrol car, according to the citations.

Duncil ran for the District 91 state House seat Republican nomination in June 2020 but finished second in a four-person race, falling well behind winner Billy Wesley, who went on the win the seat.

He remained in jail Monday afternoon and it’s unclear what his status with the school or school district might be because the district had not responded to an e-mail as of 1:30 p.m. Monday.

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