Suspended Gallatin middle school teacher charged with sexual battery, simple assault

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GALLATIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Gallatin middle school teacher has been charged after being suspended for allegedly having sexually explicit conversations with students. 

Shafer Middle School 6th grade teacher Robert Ring was charged Friday with two counts of aggravated sexual battery and simple assault. 

According to warrants issued by Sumner County, the charges against Ring stem from two separate incidents in May of this year.

One incident occurred on May 15. Warrants state that a student needed help opening a jammed locker. A 12-year-old student was attempting to open the locker when police say Ring approached him from behind. Ring walked upon the student, causing the front of his body to rub the students back. The incident was caught on video, and police said you can hear the student say “you’re right on top of me” as he quickly turned around. The student said Ring told him, “I know you like it.” 

According to the warrants, the second incident occurred on May 16. Ring made a 12-year-old male student sit at a separate desk near Ring’s desk. While the student was at the desk, the student told police Ring placed his hand on the student’s thigh. The student told police Ring told him if he didn’t do his work he was going to “rip” his “nut” off. The student later told police Ring threatened to “eat his nuts off” if he wasn’t working. The student also told police Ring was rubbing his thigh as he did this. 

Warrants stated that in other instances, Ring made another 12-year-old student sit separately from the class. The student told police Ring “bashed” his head into Ring’s crotch. He also made another 12-year-old student sit separately from the class. Warrants state that Ring put his hand on that student’s thigh and told him that if he looked up. he would move his hand further up.   

Ring was arrested Friday afternoon and his bond was set at $25,000. 

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