Ex-Alcoa teacher arrested on student sex charges

Ex-Alcoa teacher arrested on student sex charges

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Robert Paul Talley (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office) Robert Paul Talley (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

ALCOA (WATE) - Former Alcoa High School teacher and softball coach Robert Paul Talley was arrested Monday on nine charges of inappropriate relations with students.

A Blount County grand jury heard the case Monday against Talley, 40 of Westport Road in Concord, and returned indictments against him.

Talley turned himself in to Alcoa police on five counts of statutory rape, two counts of sexual battery and two counts of solicitation of a minor for sexual battery.

Director of Schools Dr. Brian Bell contacted authorities on October 26 about allegations against Talley.

Police say so far the charges involve incidents with two girls. They are investigating to see if there could be more victims.

"The fact that he was a softball coach, He had access to student after hours, that type of thing," explained Det. Kris Sanders with Alcoa PD.

Olivia Dockery is a student at Alcoa High School. She had Talley as a History teacher and says these developments have been a major topic of conversation at the school. She says she never saw Talley acting inappropriately, and that he was one of her best teachers.

"He was such a good teacher. He joked around a lot. That's what made it a fun class," Dockery said.

Talley resigned from the school on October 27. He's being held in the Blount County Jail.

Anyone with information about this investigation should call police anonymously at 865-380-4715 or share a tip online.

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