Cocke Co. teacher charged with sexual battery

Cocke County teacher charged with sexual battery by authority figure

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Dallas Michael Southerland (Source: Cocke County School System) Dallas Michael Southerland (Source: Cocke County School System)

NEWPORT (WATE) - A Cocke County High School teacher was arrested Tuesday after being indicted by a grand jury on sexual battery by an authority figure charges.

The indictment accuses Dallas Michael Southerland, 34, of Morristown, of engaging in sexual contact with a minor between the ages of 13 and 18 from May 2012 through February 2013.

According to the indictment, Southerland was in a position of authority over the minor at the time.

Southerland was suspended without pay in February 2013 when allegations of inappropriate conduct with a student first surfaced.

Southerland taught agriculture studies at Cocke County High School.

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