The Packet

The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a former Caledonia High School teacher for alleged sexual misconduct with one or more students.

LCSO announced via a press release Monday afternoon that they are looking into allegations that the teacher, whose name has not been released because no arrest has been made, was involved in sexual misconduct with multiple students at the high school. The incidents took place both in Lowndes County and in another county in North Mississippi while traveling for school activities.

District employees reportedly filed a report with the sheriff’s department last week.

The teacher in question resigned last Friday.

This is the second time in recent years that a teacher at Caledonia has been investigated for sex crimes involving a student. In May 2013 then-soccer coach Marco Suarez was arrested for having sex with a 17-year-old female student. He pled guilty in Feb. 2016 to sexual battery, and received a 10-year suspended sentence, with five years on probation and a $2,400 fine. A charge of enticement of a child for sexual purposes was dropped.

In March of last year two coaches at Pickens Academy – who were married to each other – were arrested and each charged with multiple accounts of having sex with students. Charli Jones Parker was charged with 11 counts of engaging in a sex act with a student under the age of 19. Her husband, James Parker, was arrested days later and charged with with the same crime. The victims were different in each case; in Charli Parker’s case the alleged male victim was a student, while in James Parker’s case the alleged female victim was a former student.

James Parker was the boys basketball coach and a math teacher; Charli Parker was girls basketball coach and taught at the elementary school.

A June 20, 2016 story at al.com stated that both coaches had been fired.