A fourth-grade teacher in Tennessee could face 25 years behind bars after she was arrested for allegedly raping a 12-year-old and befriending other former students online.
Alissa McCommon, 38, was arrested outside her home Friday by Covington Police Department and booked into the Tipton County Jail.
The mother-of-two has been accused of sexually assaulting a former student in 2021 in her home, Covington Police Chief Donna Turner said.
The Charger Academy teacher admitting to inappropriately communicating with students, the police said.
McCommon was suspended without pay on August 24 after a parent came forward with the allegation, according to WREG.
After the parent came forward, several other students claimed McCommon befriend them online and even played video games with them, the outlet reported.
The fourth-grade teacher allegedly sent students inappropriate photos and requested to have sex with them, the outlet reported.
“It is unbearable. It’s unspeakable and it’s 100 percent preventable. I think that’s why the detectives and we are so passionate about making sure victims are okay,” Chief Turner said, according to WREG.
The teacher, who is being held on a $25,000 bond, maintains her innocence.
“We believe that it’s borderline a witch hunt on social media and that’s frustrating to us,” Jere Mason, her defense attorney said, according to WREG.
The investigation is ongoing as cops continue to interview the alleged victims.
Parents believe the teacher should have been arrested after she was suspended from school.
“Now y’all want to take matters of it. You should have done that in the beginning of time when you first found out about it,” Bianca Taylor, who has a student in McCommon’s class, said in a Facebook group, according to Fox 13 Memphis.
McCommon is expected to appear in court on October 13.