Tennessee teacher charged with raping 12-year-old boy and contacting children through video games

Alissa McCommon, a fourth grade teacher, was arrested and charged with raping a 12-year-old boy and inappropriately contacting children playing online video games

A fourth-grade teacher in Tennessee was arrested and charged with raping a 12-year-old boy and inappropriately contacting young children playing online video games.

She is Alissa McCommon, a 38-year-old Covington woman, who was arrested and charged with rape of a child, the Covington Police Department and the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

McCommon, a mother of two, was taken to the Tipton County Jail after being arrested at her Covington home; the woman has $25,000 bail, according to information obtained by People.

On Aug. 24, the father of one of the alleged victims filed charges, according to Tipton County Schools Director Dr. John Combs, Fox 13 reported.

Alissa McCommon, who taught English language arts and social studies at Charger Academy, was suspended without pay from her position by Tipton County Schools because of the allegations.

Alissa McCommon : Tennessee teacher

Alissa McCommon : Tennessee teacher

Tennessee police after Alissa McCommon

Covington police detectives began investigating the woman when they received information Aug. 24 from the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services about a report of sexual misconduct allegations involving a teacher and a former student, police said in the release, according to People.

Several minors later came forward saying they “befriended their former teacher, McCommon, who began playing video games with them and then interacted with them through social networking apps, which led her to allegedly send inappropriate photographs and solicit sexual relations with the victims,” police said in the statement.

McCommon allegedly admitted to communicating inappropriately with former students, police say; there has been no evidence that any of the alleged activity occurred on any school campus.

Detectives with the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office and the Covington Police Department began working together after receiving information “about a victim or victims who were exposed to similar circumstances within the county’s jurisdiction, outside the Covington city limits,” according to the release.

Detectives continue to interview witnesses and identify other potential victims in the case. McCommon is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 13.

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