High school teacher charged with rape of student, accused of covering up crime

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JACKSON, TN.– An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the indictment and arrest of a Dyersburg High School teacher on multiple charges involving inappropriate conduct with a minor student.

On March 3rd, at the request of District Attorney General Danny Goodman, TBI Special Agents began an investigation into the possible inappropriate conduct between Dyersburg High School teacher John Mark Moody and his students.

As a result of the investigation, on April 9th, the Dyer County Grand Jury indicted John Mark Moody for statutory rape by an authority figure, tampering with or fabricating evidence, solicitation of a minor to observe sexual, and coercion of a witness.

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Neel Durbin, the Director of Dyersburg City Schools, sent FOX13 the following statement:

The Dyersburg City School System was notified on the afternoon of March 5, 2018, that a teacher was under criminal investigation by TBI. According to board policy he was immediately suspended without pay. On Monday, April 09, 2018 John Mark Moody was indicted by the Grand Jury. Mr. Moody’s suspension continues. We are cooperating with authorities and their investigation. Safety of our students is always our top priority.

Moody voluntarily turned himself and was booked into the Dyer County Jail on a $20,000 bond.