, pub-8788839508935057, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0 ‘Teacher of the month’ charged in minor student sex case in Tennessee

‘Teacher of the month’ charged in minor student sex case in Tennessee

A high school geometry instructor in Chattanooga, Tennessee, who had previously been recognized as “teacher of the month,” is now facing an indictment for aggravated statutory rape involving a minor student.

Casey McGrath, 28 years old, had been teaching 10th grade at Central High School until her suspension with pay in May 2022. Her suspension was prompted by an investigation into alleged “inappropriate physical contact with a student that does not result in harm” of a “sexual nature,” as detailed in her personnel file from WTVC.

In the current school year, McGrath was not rehired, and her suspension without pay commenced on March 31, according to Steve Doremus, the Communications Officer for the Hamilton County School District, as reported by Fox News Digital.

McGrath was indicted by a grand jury on Aug. 14, facing charges of knowingly engaging in sexual penetration with a minor between the ages of 13 and 18. The indictment underscores that she is at least ten years older than the victim. Following her arrest on Aug. 18, McGrath posted a $10,000 bond for her release from custody. Her court appearance for arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 6.

Before her tenure at Central High School, McGrath had previously taught at East Ridge Middle School and served as an assistant volleyball coach at Central High School, as detailed in her personnel file and an archived school newspaper article. The article, published in October 2021, highlighted McGrath’s dedication to building relationships with students and boosting their self-confidence in mathematics. Students commended her commitment and the respect she showed for their learning experiences during challenging times.

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