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12-year-old student sexually assaulted by Teacher in Tennessee; Teacher makes court appearance with Baby Bump

12-year-old student sexually assaulted by Teacher in Tennessee; Teacher makes court appearance with Baby Bump

Nashville, TN: A 12-year-old boy was sexually assaulted by a female teacher in Tennessee. The teacher made her first court appearance.

The school teacher is facing a long list of charges following the rape of a 12-year-old student.

Following a seven-month investigation that allegedly uncovered 21 potential victims, a grand jury handed a 23-count indictment against Alissa McCommon last week, according to the Covington Police Department (CPD).

McCommon entered a not guilty plea to all 23 counts at his Monday court appearance.

She smiled and carried what looked like a baby bump into the courthouse in footage captured by WREG, but she remained silent during the proceedings.

Covington Police Department reports that grand jury consideration of her case followed the testimony of her first alleged victim, a 15-year-old girl, who testified shortly after McCommon informed him, while she was free on bond, that she was pregnant with his kid.

The court determined that there was sufficient probable cause to forward all of the allegations to a Tipton County Grand Jury after hearing the teen and two other witnesses.

In September, after an investigation into charges of sexual assault, McCommon was initially detained by the Covington Police Department (CPD).

Her husband watched in disbelief as his wife was led away to jail in the photos from that incident.

“Multiple juvenile victims have come forth stating that they were befriended by their former teacher, McCommon, who began playing video games with them, and then further engaged with them through mobile phone social media apps, which led to her allegedly sending inappropriate photographs and requesting sexual relations with the victims,” the police department said in a statement after the arrest.

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Even though “McCommon admitted to communicating inappropriately with former students,” the CPD claims that “no evidence that any of the alleged activities occurred on any school campus.”

Although McCommon was freed on bond prior to her trial, she was re-arrested a few weeks later on allegations that she had contacted one of her alleged victims.

“The evidence indicates McCommon texted a victim, using a specific code word known to the juvenile as a code word McCommon would previously utilize to confirm that the juvenile was alone, often before sending nude photographs on SnapChat,” the police department said in a statement at the time. “The evidence suggests that following the use of the code word on 28 September 2023, McCommon sent the victim multiple text messages expressing his regret for what he had done.” McCommon also acknowledged having a sexual encounter with the victim, using the same phone.

During the same hearing where the decision was made about her release to custody, prosecutors played audio of what they claimed was McCommon informing the boy that she was pregnant.

Police started looking into McCommon after hearing that Tipton County Schools had “suspended without pay from her position due to the allegations,” as reported by the CPD.

Chief Donna Turner of the CPD praised the seven-month investigation into the allegations, which included the following agencies: the District Attorney General’s Office, the Tipton County Board of Education, US Homeland Security agents, the Carl Perkins Child Abuse Prevention Center, and forensic interviewers from across the Region.

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The announcement of these latest charges came after the announcement of the previous charges. Regardless of the specifics of the case, our first priority is always to locate any possible victims so that we may treat them and their family as best we can. Repercussions of trauma on victims and their families can reverberate for years if this critical intervention is not implemented.

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