West Tennessee teacher charged in sex case

West Tennessee teacher charged in sex case

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Beth Scearce (source: Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office) Beth Scearce (source: Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office)

DYERSBURG (AP) - A Tennessee teacher has been charged with having sex with boys under the age of 18.

WMC-TV in Memphis reported that Beth Scearce, 37, faces a charge of aggravated statutory rape and is accused of having sex with two students.

Scearce teaches at Christ Classical Academy in Dyersburg. The charges were filed Wednesday in Lauderdale County, where she lives.

Scearce has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

In a statement, school administrators said they were "surprised and shocked" by the arrest and noted there's no indication that any other students or employees involved.

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