DICKSON, Tenn. -Dickson County School leaders gave NewsChannel 5 a look at how they're handling allegations of sexual misconduct by a former teacher. Shane Bishop was arrested and charged with statutory rape of his student.
"It's very disappointing when any employee of our school system is arrested for any matter," said Dickson County Director of Schools Johnny Chandler. " Especially an issue that might involve improper conduct towards a student."
Shane Bishop, 25, resigned from Dickson County High School at the end of November, just weeks after the District Attorney notified school leaders about allegations of sexual misconduct with one of his students.
"That employee will be suspended without pay until the investigation has been completed," Chandler said.
This week, Metro Police arrested Bishop at his apartment where they allege he had sex with a 17-year-old student multiple times last summer. Bishop was charged with six counts of statutory rape and one count of sexual battery.
"I just, I don't believe it," said recent Dickson County High School graduate Tyler Mayes.
He said news of the charges are spreading quickly at the school where Bishop was a history teacher and assistant football coach.
"I played football for four years," Mayes explained. "It just doesn't seem like something he would do."
The school launched its own investigation to see what, if anything, students knew and if there were other alleged victims.
"Our investigation showed there were no other students involved," Chandler explained.
Policies were already in place; teachers were reminded about their conduct; and parents were notified about the allegations. Chandler said there's nothing more the district could do.
The age of consent in Tennessee is 18 years old. Since Shane Bishop was a teacher during the suspected incidents, he could face a 15 year jail sentence with no probation if found guilty.
No charges have been filed in Dickson County but an investigation is ongoing. The case will go before a grand jury next month.
Wednesday, June 19 2013 2:24 PM EDT2013-06-19 18:24:42 GMT
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