Thomas “Tommy” Andrews, teacher at Swiss Memorial Elementary School, volleyball coach at SMES, and assistant football coach at Grundy County High school, was arrested Sunday night for statutory rape by an authority and statutory rape.
“Cases of this nature are very sensitive,” said Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum on Monday. “In this case, there was enough evidence to support arrest warrants.”
In a television interview, Shrum said his office had collected hard evidence against Andrews. The arrest report states that Andrews picked up the 14-year-old victim from a friend’s house in November and had sex with her in his truck.
Director of Schools Jessie Kinsey released a statement on Monday stating that Andrews was suspended from all duties.
In the release, Kinsey said, “An employee of the Grundy County Schools has been charged with criminal activity against one of our students. Of course, this person is presumed innocent until he is proven guilty in a court of law. Meanwhile, for the integrity of the school system and the safety of the students, he has been suspended pending investigation into the allegations against him.
“We are offering counseling to the student, and we stand ready to cooperate with law enforcement officials as necessary.”
This is not the first time a complaint has been filed against Andrews.
“During the course of our investigation, we learned of a previous complaint filed on May 7 with DCS. DCS determined the complaint did not warrant investigation. We do not know why, and are looking into this as well,” says Shrum.
Andrews, 41, was released on a $60,000 bond and is required to wear a GPS monitoring device to ensure he has no contact with the victim.
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