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He faces statutory rape, sexual battery by an authority figure, other charges

Darin Plumlee

A Wilson County grand jury indicted Darin Plumlee, a teacher and wrestling coach at Mt. Juliet High School, on child sex charges.

Plumlee faces three counts of statutory rape by an authority figure, three counts of sexual battery by an authority figure and one count each of unlawful sexual contact and sexual exploitation of a minor.

Plumlee turned himself in Friday at the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office. He was booked in at the Wilson County Jail and released on $10,000 bond.

Detectives with the sheriff’s office launched an investigation into Plumlee in April after a student made complaints about inappropriate behavior.

According to Jennifer Johnson, spokesperson for Wilson County Schools, a student called in a tip to the school April 13 and said it was believed Plumlee was having inappropriate relationships with some of his students and/or wrestlers.  The human resources department and school resource officer were notified at that time.

Plumlee resigned immediately. The school system notified the state, and his license was put on hold, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Plumlee was hired in 2000 to be a wrestling coach and teacher at Lebanon High School. In June 2011, Plumlee resigned to work for another school system.

In July 2014, Plumlee was hired to be a special education teacher and assistant wrestling coach at Mt. Juliet High School.

Plumlee’s disciplinary record was clean, except for a written reprimand that he received for going 70 mph in a 55 mph zone in September 2010.

By Jake Old

jold@lebanondemocrat.com