Band director accused of sex with Gallatin student resigns - WKRN News 2

Band director accused of sex with Gallatin student resigns

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Devri DePriest, 25, was arrested October 18 and charged with one count of statutory rape by an authority figure. Devri DePriest, 25, was arrested October 18 and charged with one count of statutory rape by an authority figure.
GALLATIN, Tenn. -

The band director at Rucker-Stewart Middle School in Gallatin has formally resigned from her job following her arrest earlier this month on charges she had inappropriate relations with a 16-year-old student.

According to a report in the Gallatin News Examiner, Principal Andrew Turner received Devri DePriest's formal resignation, dated October 21, in the mail on Monday.

The 25-year-old cited "personal reasons" for her resignation, according to the paper.

DePriest was suspended without pay from the Sumner County school system following her arrest on October 18.

She is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old male student at Gallatin High School from September 2010 to November of that same year.

According to the arrest report, DePriest was assisting with the band program at the high school at the time and she reportedly had sex with the teen, a member of the band, on multiple occasions during those three months.

Police said the alleged encounters occurred at DePriest's former Gallatin residence.

DePriest is out of a jail on a $15,000 bond.  She is scheduled to appear in court in December.

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