Carter County

Carter County teacher charged twice in one week

Carter County teacher charged twice in one week

CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. - School officials in Carter County say they're shocked by the second arrest of former Hampton Elementary School teacher Kelly Smith.

He's facing statutory rape charges as well as solicitation of a minor. We spent the day sorting through the facts to learn more about the suspect and the investigation.

A second arrest of Hampton Elementary School teacher in just days, lands him inside the Carter County Jail. Last week 30-year-old Kelly Smith was arrested, accused of sending more than 400 texts and inappropriate pictures to a 13-year-old student.

Smith was arrested again this Wednesday, he's now facing statutory rape charges involving a different person. "A 16-year-old came forward and we were able to corroborate a lot of information alleging the two had met up and engaged in sexual intercourse," said Sheriff Chris Mathes.

Investigators are searching through all forms of communication Smith may have had with students. "We're looking at phone records, text records, we're looking at Facebook records," added Sheriff Mathes.

News 5 did some digging on Smith's past criminal history. According to court records, he was arrested for driving under the influence in both November of 2012 and February of this year.

"Once he received the DUI charge, he was suspended without pay," said Director of Carter County Schools Kevin Ward.

We asked about his professional background, Ward explained no problems have ever been reported, "There's never been a conversation with anyone at the school about inappropriate behavior or any paperwork or disciplinary action and we have nothing on file."

Smith is no longer an employee with the school system, he resigned Wednesday.

Smith is now out of jail on bond, we went to his home to get his side of the story, but no one came to the door.

The Sheriff's Office says anyone else with complaints or information about Smith should contact investigators. We've learned Smith will be in court June 3rd on the statutory rape and solicitation charges.

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