A Cocke County High School teacher has been charged with statutory rape after officials received information that he was involved in a sexual relationship with a student.
Keith Wilson, 27, is charged with Aggravated Statutory Rape, Statutory Rape by an Authority Figure, Sexual Battery by an Authority Figure and Solicitation of a Minor.
According to a release from Newport police, the Cocke County High School resource officer received information Tuesday that Wilson had had a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old female student.
After interviewing the alleged victim and the male teacher it was determined that Wilson and the student had engaged in sexual intercourse on or about December 12, 2018 at a Newport residence.
The investigation revealed that the male teacher had been chatting with the alleged victim through the dating app “Tinder”.
Wilson has been placed in the Cocke County Jail on a $20,000 bond. He has been suspended without pay.
This is a developing story and we’ll continue to update the details as they become available.