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Former Mt. Juliet H.S. special ed teacher charged with statutory rape by authority figure

A former Mount Juliet High School teacher has been arrested on charges of statutory rape by an authority figure, sexual battery, and exploitation of a minor. PHOTO: Wilson County Sheriff's Office

Mt. Juliet, Tenn.--A former Mount Juliet High School teacher has been arrested on charges of statutory rape by an authority figure, sexual battery, and exploitation of a minor.

46-year-old Darin Plumlee was booked into the Wilson County Jail Friday morning on the charges.

According to Wilson County Schools, the former wrestling coach is accused of having inappropriate relationships with some of his students/wrestlers. The school was first alerted by a tip on April 13, 2017. School officials notified the H.R. department and the School Resource Officer immediately and the case was referred to the Wilson County Sheriff's Department.

Plumlee resigned immediately and the state was notified, which placed his license on hold pending outcome of the investigation.

Plumlee was hired in 2000 as a teacher and wrestling coach at Lebanon High School. He resigned to work with another school district in 2011, but was then hired in 2014 as the special education teacher and assistant wrestling coach at Mt. Juliet High where he worked until he was suspended.

Wilson County Schools Communications Director Jennifer Johnson says previous to this, the school had never received any complaints of inappropriate relationships with students. The only blemish on his record was for a 2010 written reprimand when he was caught driving 70 mph in a 55 mph zone.

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