A Siegel High School teacher was charged Friday with one count of sexual battery by an authority figure, a Rutherford County Sheriffâ€™s detective said.
Teacher Larry Mathews, 39, of Smyrna, was charged after he allegedly touched the student inappropriately at school Thursday, said Detective Phil Brooks.
Rutherford County Schoolsâ€™ spokesman James Evans said Mathews was a criminal justice teacher at the school. Mathews passed all necessary background checks before he was hired in 2012. He is a non-tenured teacher.
â€śWe are shocked and concerned about the charge,â€ť Evans said. â€śWe are cooperating fully with the Sheriffâ€™s Office during the investigation.â€ť
The school district has suspended Mathews without pay pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.
The teacher was booked into Rutherford County Adult Detention Center where he is being held on a $3,500 bond. A hearing was set July 8 in General Sessions Court.
Lisa Marchesoni,Â Public information officer
Rutherford County Sheriffâ€™s Office