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Three Sumner Co. Teachers In Legal Trouble

Three separate Sumner County teachers were arrested and charged with crimes in three separate incidents.

"The superintendent has made it quite clear that teachers, especially, are role models in the community. That he is not going to tolerate activities which lead to arrest. He's gonna treat those very seriously," Sumner County Schools Spokesperson Steve Doremus said.

Sumner County Middle School Teacher James Davis, 28, faced two charges of aggravated statutory rape after being arrested last week. Investigators said a 16-year-old girl confessed to having two sexual encounters with Davis during the summer of 2006. Sumner County Schools said Davis resigned from his teaching job Monday.

Candace Eileen Kennedy, a biology teacher at Gallatin High School, was charged with DUI and possessing marijuana over the weekend. She resigned Monday morning after meeting with the Schools Director. Kennedy resigned, as well.

The other teacher in trouble Terry Lynn Shepherd, a special education teacher at Benny Bills Elementary, was charged with four misdemeanors including public intoxication, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.

Shepherd, the senior of the three troubled teachers, may be the most memorable because her crime was caught on tape. She was the only one who still had a job after being arrested.

Shepherd contested the charges and was suspended without pay until the case was resolved.

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