Sumner Co. teacher, church youth leader charged with sexual battery of teen

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GALLATIN, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Sumner County teacher and church youth leader has been charged with sexual battery by an authority figure after a 17-year-old boy was sexually assaulted five times since 2019, an arrest warrant alleges.

Gallatin police arrested 26-year-old Caleb L. Bullock on Monday.

According to an arrest warrant, the 17-year-old victim was inappropriately touched multiple times by Bullock. The warrant also states Bullock “engaged in a pattern of behavior where he repeatedly calls, texts, and visits the victim’s home.”

During their investigation, police said they gathered evidence of Bullock apologizing to the victim for touching him.

The warrant states Bullock was “older and in a position of trust as he taught youth classes, singing, and devotional activities at their church while the victim was growing up.”

Bullock is a teacher at Ellis Middle School and has been an employee of Sumner County Schools for four years. He’s a sponsor of the school’s Beta Club Quiz Bowl team.

A representative for Sumner County Schools said Bullock was suspended without pay, pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.

Bullock was jailed in Sumner County on a $100,000 bond.

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