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Tommy Andrews

A Grundy County, Tenn., teacher was arrested Sunday night on charges of aggravated statutory rape and aggravated statutory rape by an authority figure against a minor.

Tommy Andrews, 41, is a teacher at Swiss Memorial Elementary School, where he teaches science and social studies for sixth, seventh and eighth grades, according to the school's website.

Andrews, who lives just across the line in Marion County, posted a $60,000 bond and is wearing a GPS ankle monitor to track his location at all times, Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum said.

The alleged victim, a 14-year-old girl, also is wearing a GPS monitor called a "victim beacon," Shrum said, to make sure Andrews does not get close to her. Shrum said the victim beacon has been used for domestic violence cases since April and sex crimes against child victims last month.

Shrum said there is no police report available because the investigation is still ongoing. The sheriff's office received a complaint last week which caused it to look deeper into the issue, he said.

"I can't elaborate on the evidence," Shrum said. "Because there could be some more evidence to come out of that evidence."

Authorities presented their case to the district attorney's office.

The victim was not a current student of Andrews, Shrum said. He declined to elaborate.

Grundy County school system personnel did not return calls seeking comment Tuesday, but Shrum said Andrews has been suspended. He did not know what the parameters of the suspension were.

Contact staff writer Evan Hoopfer at ehoopfer@timesfreepress.com, @EvanHoopfer on Twitter or 423-757-6731.

Updated Dec. 15 at 10:40 p.m.

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