Marcus Bragg, 29, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a former student.
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -
A former Montgomery County high school football coach has been arrested for having an inappropriate relationship with a former student.
Marcus Bragg was arrested around 5 p.m. Monday, according to Montgomery County Sheriff's Office spokesman Ted Denny.
Bragg moved to Knoxville after resigning as the head football coach at Montgomery Central High School in January, but police say his relationship with the victim did not stop.
He traveled to Clarksville from Knoxville Monday to meet the alleged victim at The Governor's Square Mall where police arrested him. Police believe Bragg intended to take her to a hotel room.
Police began their investigation in May after the victim's mother filed a complaint with authorities.
"The young girl's mother read a text, heard a conversation, and questioned her daughter about it. She found out it was a former teacher," said Denny.
Further investigation led police to look at phone records.
"We did interview the young girl. Based on her testimony and good investigative work, we were able to determine that there was a crime," said Denny.
Montgomery County Schools' spokesperson Elise Shelton told Nashville's News 2 that Bragg was employed at Montgomery County Central High School in Cunningham see for three years, but resigned in January.
He was a football coach and ISS teacher.
Bragg is charged with three counts of sexual battery by an authority figure.
He was booked into the Montgomery County jail on a $75,000 bond.
If Bragg is convicted, he faces prison time and could be forced to register as a sex offender.