Middle school teacher charged with 12 counts of rape

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LAFAYETTE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A middle school teacher in Trousdale County was arrested on multiple charges including several counts of rape on Monday.

Steven Snyder, 24, was indicted on the charges Feb. 13 following an investigation into accusations of inappropriate contact with students in two counties.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation began investing Snyder on Feb. 4.

Their investigation showed Snyder, who taught in Macon County last year and served as a volunteer track and cross country coach, had sexual contact with multiple female students.

Authorities also said Snyder solicited several students for sex after becoming a teacher in Trousdale County this academic year.

The school system subsequently terminated his employment.

Snyder is charged with one count of sexual contact with a minor by an authority figure and 12 counts of statutory rape by an authority figure.

He was booked into the Macon County jail and soon released on $10,000 bond.

The TBI said Snyder faces additional charges in connection to his alleged activity in Trousdale County which are being pursued by the county’s sheriff’s department.

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