Female teacher charged with having sex with male student - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Female teacher charged with having sex with male student

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Gallatin High School teacher was charged with statutory rape after being accused of having sex with a 17-year-old male student at her home in Nashville.

Nashville police charged social studies teacher Holly Hatcher, 25, with six counts after she admitted having sex with the teenager on six occasions in the last two months. Police said the teenager drove to her home for the encounters.

Hatcher was arrested Thursday and charged with an additional three counts of statutory rape in Sumner County.

Nashville police worked with Gallatin Police Department in this investigation.

The first-year teacher has been released on bond and has resigned from the school, where she also coached volleyball and softball, according to WSMV-TV.

"At the end of the day, incidents like this occur because of bad decisions made by an individual," said Steve Doremus, a spokesman for Sumner County Schools. "There are no justifications for this type of behavior and we will continue to take steps to reduce and hopefully eliminate these types of situations."

The latest allegation of sexual misconduct by a teacher comes after an Associated Press review of records from the State Board of Education showed 50 educators whose professional licenses in Tennessee were denied or revoked from 2001 through 2005 for sexual misconduct. Minors were the victims in at least 69 percent of those cases.

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