By Nathan Baker
Hampton Elementary teacher Kelly Smith faces additional charges after the Carter County Sheriff’s Department says another former student came forward claiming a relationship with the 30-year-old social studies instructor.
Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes said Wednesday night that Smith was again arrested earlier in the day and charged with statutory rape.
Mathes said a former student of Smith’s, now 16 years old, told investigators that she and Smith had sexual intercourse in December of 2012.
The sheriff said evidence collected during a search of Smith’s home corroborates the juvenile’s story and investigators believe the relationship dates back to when the girl was in Smith’s sixth-grade class.
Investigators also found an SKS rifle during their search that Mathes said was reported stolen from Knoxville.
This is Smith’s second arrest in a week, the first on the charges of solicitation of a person under 18 years of age and solicitation of a minor to observe sexual conduct after sheriff’s department officers said a 13-year-old student’s mother reported hundreds of sexually explicit messages and images sent to her daughter over the course of a month.
Smith has been suspended without pay from his teaching job since February after being charged with second-offense DUI by Elizabethton Police Department officers.
He was booked into the Carter County Jail on the new charges Wednesday and placed under a $20,000 bond.
He was released on a $10,000 bond for the solicitation charges last Friday, but Mathes was unsure if he was released as of Wednesday night.
He is scheduled to appear in Carter County General Sessions Court on June 3.