RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — A volunteer wrestling coach with Blackman High School has been suspended for allegations of having sexual contact with a student, according to Rutherford County Schools.
Rutherford County School officials say the former coach, Byron Smith, was not part of other school faculty and has been suspended from all coaching duties.
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According to an arrest affidavit, Smith allegedly met with a female student on at least five different occasions. The student told officers that she met Smith through his coaching position at Blackman High School.
The female student reportedly told officials that when she and Smith up, they would engage in kissing on the lips, which the student described as “passionate making out.”
Court records state that conversations between Smith and the student turned sexual, and during one conversation Smith allegedly asked the female student to engage in sexual acts with him, to which she did not decline.
The affidavit states Smith reportedly threatened the student with physical violence. He now faces five counts of sexual contact by an authority figure and one count of solicitation of minor- aggravated statutory rape.
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In a statement, Rutherford County Schools told News 2 that the school received complaints last week about the Smith and suspended him on the same day.
“The district has suspended a volunteer, non-faculty wrestling coach at Blackman High School, after receiving an allegation of inappropriate sexual contact with a student. We received the allegation on Thursday, Feb. 23, and he was suspended from all coaching duties the same day,” said a spokesperson for Rutherford County Schools.
Department of Children Services and local law enforcement are investigating the allegations. No other information was immediately released.