KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Two South-Doyle High School administrators who were suspended as part of an investigation into whether they immediately reported child sexual abuse to DCS or law enforcement are set to return to the job on May 23.
Principal Tim Berry and Assistant Principal Clark Duncan were placed on administrative leave with pay as part of the investigation that led to statutory rape charges against the wife of a former South-Doyle assistant football coach. Berry will also get two weeks of leave without pay and Duncan will receive three days of leave without pay. Both will also get intensive training and written reprimands.
The written reprimands obtained from Knox County Schools state the case initially involved compromising photos of Kelsey McCarter, wife of former assistant coach Justin McCarter, shared with a former student. The former student had also posted a message to Facebook saying something to the effect of: “South Doyle was about to be lit up.”Previous story: Wife of former South Doyle assistant football coach charged with statutory rape
The reprimands state Berry and Duncan sought to handle the situation internally and met with the student in question. The student denied all allegations and his mother eventually removed him from the inquiry. Berry said he was going to make a report to the Department of Children’s Services, but did not do so until the following day at the urging of the Knox County Schools Manager of Discipline and Investigation, Becky Wuethrich.
Knox County Schools determined the two were in violation of school code for not reporting the incident sooner, but their punishment took into account that there was no immediate harm to the student involved. Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen investigated whether to file any criminal charges against Berry and Duncan, but declined to do so.
Duncan also serves as athletic director and head football coach.
Kelsey McCarter is charged with six counts of statutory rape by an authority figure and one count of exploitation of a minor by electronic means. The teen listed as the victim in the indictment is also listed on the South Doyle football team roster.