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  • Smyrna High School teacher arrested for alleged misconduct with a student

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  • A Smyrna High School teacher has been arrested following allegations of misconduct with a 17-year-old male student.
    Smyrna Police arrested Jennifer Suarez, 37, of Huntfield Drive in Smyrna, Friday at approximately 1 p.m. on charges of first-degree sexual abuse of a child by a person of trust, police said.
    Allegations were brought to the attention of officers of the Smyrna Police Department by school staff in February 2014. Police said an investigation immediately began, which concluded Friday with the arrest of Suarez.
    Police said the investigation determined that on Feb. 11, 2014 Suarez and the victim had an alleged sexual encounter that took place on school property inside Suarez's classroom.
    Following her arrest, Suarez was processed at the Smyrna Police Department and presented to the Justice of the Peace Court 2 via videophone and released after posting a $20,000 secured bond pending a future court appearance.
    Suarez was also a cross country coach at the high school.
    Smyrna School District Superintendent Debbie Wicks couldn't say much about the alleged incident and arrest but made the following statement in regards to Suarez.
    "State and federal law prohibits the district from discussing confidential personnel matters. Generally speaking, however, I can say that the district thoroughly investigates with police allegations of employee misconduct," Wicks said. "In this case, Ms. Suarez's resignation was accepted at the April 16 school board meeting."

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