CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The assistant principal and athletic director at Kenwood High School in Montgomery County has been charged with statutory rape.

49-year-old Garry Chadwell was arrested and booked in the Montgomery County jail Tuesday evening by Clarksville Police.

He’s charged with rape and aggravated statutory rape of a male victim between ages of 13 and 18. The alleged incident happened on January 22, 2022.

Garry Chadwell mugshot
Garry Chadwell (Courtesy: Montgomery County Jail)

In a statement, Clarksville Montogomery Schools reported it is aware of the arrest and Chadwell has since been placed on an alternative worksite as the investigation continues.

“The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System (CMCSS) was made aware by the Clarksville Police Department (CPD) of an investigation involving a Kenwood High assistant principal Garry Chadwell on a criminal matter that took place off school system property. Chadwell was placed on alternative worksite, pending the outcome of the investigation and legal proceedings. He was hired by CMCSS in 2014 and has been an assistant principal at Kenwood High School since 2016.

Brent Hutchinson is the executive director of Davis House Child Advocacy Center which coordinates services for abused children and their families in crisis. While he has no connection to this case, he explains the disturbing trend.

“We just have seen an increase in the number of cases we have coming in,” Hutchinson says.

He explains while accusations against people working closely with children in schools are alarming, those who work investigating these crimes aren’t as surprised.

“Most of the cases we see are not cases of stranger danger,” Hutchinson explains, “They’re cases of children who know their perpetrators. They know these adults. They’ve trusted them.”

Hutchinson says predators are strategically seeking positions of authority.

“It’s not that every person who works with kids has some sort of delusion like this, we know that’s not the case,” Hutchinson says, “You do have people who prey on kids trying to find ways to be around them. I mean, it’s a crime of opportunity so many times, child abuse is.”

Chadwell is currently free after posting a $30,000 bond.

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