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Former Mid-South teacher accused of molesting student

George Cook (Source: Tate County Jail) George Cook (Source: Tate County Jail)

A former Mid-South teacher is behind bars in Tate County, accused of molesting a student.

Southaven police officers picked up George Cook, 51, Wednesday morning at his home.

Cook taught at Independence High School in Coldwater, Mississippi from 2002 until 2008. He is now charged with molesting for lustful purpose.

According to Tate County Jail records, Cook broke the law sometime between August 2007 and May 2008 while he was working in the Tate County School System.

Records show that Cook touched the breasts of a student who was under the age of 18.

"My kids go there now," Tate County parent April Holden said. "I'm glad he's not there anymore."

Thursday afternoon, Cook had his first appearance before a Tate County judge. He had no comment when reporter Jerry Askin asked him about the allegations.

Cook has also worked for other school districts in the Mid-South.

A DeSoto County Schools spokesperson said that Cook is no longer employed with the district but would not specify the time frame in which he worked with the school system or his reason for leaving.

Cook also worked for Wooddale Middle School in Shelby County from August 2008 to December 2012.

"I think he is exactly where he needs to be: behind bars," Holden said.

Cook remains in the Tate County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

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