Married woman and fourth grade Tennessee teacher Alissa McCommon has been arrested and charged with rape of a minor. Her biography and what she did explored.
Alissa McCommon, a Tennesee fourth grade teacher and a wife, has been arrested for allegedly raping a 12-year-old boy and trying to lure others into her web.
McCommon was under investigation after a parent made complaints about her alleged inappropriate behavior with minors.
Alissa was arrested in front of husband on charges of raping boy, 12, as lawyer blasts ‘witch hunt’.
Here’s everything we know about her and what she did.
Who is Alissa McCommon?
Alissa McCommon is now suspended American teacher. She was born in 1985, in Covington, Tennesse and is currently 38 years old.
Living in Tipton County, Tennessee, she was a primary school teacher who handled fourth grade students.
The teacher has been arrested on charges of rape after being accused of sexual misconduct with “multiple juveniles,” according to police.
Authorities cuffed Alissa McCommon, 38, on Friday in front of her husband for allegedly raping a 12-year-old boy at her Tennessee home in 2021.
She had been under investigation after several allegations of inappropriate contact with minors were made against her, said the Covington Police Department.
What is Alissa McCommon charged with?
McCommon was charged with one felony count of rape of a child with the department writing in a Facebook post that additional charges against the mother-of-two are pending.
McCommon was booked into the county jail and posted a $25,000 bond on Saturday.
She is scheduled to appear before a judge on Wednesday.
The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services called police about the allegations against McCommon last month involving her and a former student.
McCommon was suspended from her job at Challenger Academy without pay after a parent came forward with allegations of abuse, said school officials.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who may have been affected by the events as outlined by law enforcement,” said Tipton County Assistant Superintendant Rebekah Byrd in a statement.
What did Alissa McCommon do to her male student?
According to a criminal complaint, the student, who is now 16, and his parents met with police on August 24.
The boy said he spent the night at McCommon’s home back in 2021 and at some point in the night, the teacher woke him up and sexually assaulted him, read the affidavit.
Police said that “multiple juvenile victims” have since come forward claiming that McCommon played video games with them online to befriend them.
The teacher allegedly communicated with the boys through social media apps and allegedly sent inappropriate photos and “requested sexual relations,” said police.
In an interview with detectives, McCommon allegedly admitted to “communicating inappropriately with former students.”
“It is unbearable. It’s unspeakable and it’s 100 percent preventable. I think that’s why the detectives and we are so passionate about making sure victims are okay,” Covington Police Chief Donna Turner told WREG.
However, McCommon’s lawyers say that he has maintained her innocence.
“We believe that it’s borderline a witch hunt on social media and that’s frustrating to us,” said defense attorney Jere Mason.
“What we’re asking is that the public be patient and allow the justice system to do its job and not create further persecution on the alleged victims or on the family of the defendant.”
The investigation around McCommon was multijurisdictional, involving the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office which worked on the case regarding victims “exposed to similar circumstances” that were outside of Covington city limits.
Police said they don’t believe any of the alleged activities happened on school campus, however, more information could not be released in an effort to protect the victims’ privacy.
Turner said the investigation is still underway, calling it a “terrible exploitation and abuse.”
“We expect to also develop the investigation to determine accountability of other adults in the case, including those who were aware of the abuse, and those who allowed or provided locations for such illegal acts to occur,” said Turner.
“I am thankful for the continued assistance by Tipton County School officials during this investigation.”
Turner also spoke with the US Attorney’s Office to possibly pursue “any appropriate federal charges.”
“We will prosecute this case to the fullest and will continue to support the victims and their families during all aspects of the investigation,” she said.