Rhea County teacher resigns amid student misconduct investigation
A Rhea County High School teacher resigns amid allegations of inappropriate conduct with a student.
School officials at RCHS would not comment on the issue but Rhea County School Superintendent Jerry Levengood confirms to Channel 3 science teacher Robert Capps is no longer working for the school system after he resigned earlier this month.
"We're going to protect our children. We're going to protect our students from any allegations," Levengood says. "I received information from the principal who had received the information from the parent."
Capps graduated from RCHS in 2001 and worked for the school system for about eight years, according to Levengood. He also served as the men's basketball assistant coach and began volunteering with the football team this summer.
Levengood says he first heard of the reported incident in mid August.
"I received a report of a possible inappropriate relationship that occurred over the summer," says Levengood.
School officials immediately turned the investigation over to the Department of Children Services, the district attorney's office and the Rhea County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies say the investigation is ongoing as they continue to interview people. Capps, who taught 10th grade biology has not been arrested or charged at this time.
Levengood tells Channel 3 Capps resigned the day after he was suspended without pay pending an investigation.