Teacher charged with raping student in Sumner Co. - WKRN News 2

Teacher charged with raping student in Sumner Co.

Posted: Updated: Oct 18, 2011 09:46 PM
Devri DePriest, 25, was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count of statutory rape by an authority figure. Devri DePriest, 25, was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count of statutory rape by an authority figure.
GALLATIN, Tenn. -

A Sumner County teacher is out of jail on $15,000 bond after she was charged with having inappropriate relations with a student.

Devri Ann DePriest, 25, of Franklin, Kentucky, was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count of statutory rape by an authority figure. She is currently the band director at Rucker-Stewart Middle School in Gallatin.

Sgt. Bill Storment of the Gallatin Police Dept. told Nashville's News 2 the relationship occurred from September to November 2010 with a 16-year-old male student at Gallatin High School.

DePriest was assisting with the band program at the high school. She reportedly had sex with the teen on multiple occasions during those three months.

"I don't know if the relationship or the friendship or interaction between the student and the teacher lasted beyond that three month period," said Storment.

The teen, now 17, came forward with his mother Monday.

Storment added, "I don't know if the mother found out accidentally or if he revealed it to her."

In a statement, Jeremy Johnson, with the Sumner County school district, said DePriest has been "suspended without pay pending the outcome of the criminal case against her."

Cedric Campbell, a parent who has son at Rucker-Stewart Middle School told Nashville's News 2 he is shocked to hear of DePriest's arrest.

"This is the first time we've had any type of situation like this," said Campbell, "It's shocking because most of the teachers I know, this is not indicative of the way they react and do things."

DePriest has previously worked as a student teacher at both McGavock High School in Nashville and DuPont Tyler Middle School in Hermitage, according to her LinkedIn profile.

DePriest is scheduled to appear in court in December.

Anyone with any information concerning their relationship with DePriest is urged to contact Gallatin police at 615-452-1313.

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