MJHS Wrestling Coach Indicted For Sex Crimes

Posted at 1:17 PM, May 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-12 14:17:17-04

An assistant wrestling coach at Mt. Juliet High School has been indicted on charges of sex crimes involving one or more students.

Officials with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office said Darin Plumlee turned himself in Friday.

Plumlee worked as a special education teacher, in addition to his responsibilities with the wrestling team.

The Grand Jury indicted Plumlee on three charges each of statutory rape by an authority figure and sexual battery by an authority figure. He was also charged with unlawful sexual contact and sexual exploitation of a minor.

A spokesperson from Wilson County Schools said the investigation began on April 13, when an unidentified person phoned a tip into the school saying Plumlee was have inappropriate relationships with some students or wrestlers.

The school notified the school resource officer, which led to an investigation by the sheriff’s office.

Plumlee was then called to meet with the school human resources office and immediately resigned his position at the school.

Details about what happened or the number of possible victims were not available.

School officials said Plumlee had a 14-year history with the district. He was first hired as a wrestling coach and teacher at Lebanon High School in 2000. He worked there until 2011 when he took a position at another school system. Plumlee returned to the county in July of 2014 to work at Mt. Juliet High School.

After turning himself in, Plumlee was booked into the Wilson County Jail. Bond was set at $10,000.