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Female ‘teacher of the month’ Casey McGrath charged with ‘raping student at Chattanooga high school’ with cops saying the 28-year-old is ‘at least 10 years older than the victim’


A Tennessee teacher, previously named ‘teacher of the month’ has been arrested and charged with the aggravated statutory rape of a student. 

Casey McGrath, 28, was arrested by local police in Hamilton County last Friday after being suspended in March while investigators looked into claims that she had ‘inappropriate physical contact with a student’ at Central High School. 

The August 14 indictment against McGrath states she engaged in sexual activity with someone between the ages of 13 and 18 on May 1st, 2022.

The legal filings accused the teacher of ‘unlawfully and knowingly’ engaging in ‘sexual penetration with a person of at least 13 years of age, but less than 18,’ noting that she is ‘at least 10 years older than the victim.’ 

The 10th-grade geometry teacher’s personnel file, seen by News 9, reportedly stated she had been suspended with pay and under investigation for ‘inappropriate physical contact with a student that does not result in harm.’ 

Casey McGrath, 28, was arrested and charged with the aggravated statutory rape of a student

Casey McGrath, 28, was arrested and charged with the aggravated statutory rape of a student 

Elsewhere in the file, it said the inappropriate contact was ‘of a sexual nature.’ 

McGrath has been released on bail after posting $10,000 bond and will reappear in Hamilton County Criminal Court on September 6 for her arraignment. 

Aggravated statutory rape, a class D felony, is punishable by two to 12 years in prison, under state sentencing guidelines. 

The 28-year-old was elected by students as ‘teacher of the month,’ according to an article in the school’s newspaper that has since been deleted. 

Hamilton County Schools spokesman Steve Doremus told News 9 McGrath is no longer an employee of the district.

McGrath was suspended and investigated following claims that she had 'inappropriate physical contact with a student' at Central High School

McGrath was suspended and investigated following claims that she had ‘inappropriate physical contact with a student’ at Central High School

 McGrath had worked at central high school since 2020, she was previously employed by East Ridge Middle School. 

McGrath also volunteered as an assistant volleyball coach with the school, telling the student newspaper in the deleted article that ‘being able to spend time with students in a non-academic setting [gave] her the chance to get to know them even more’, Fox News reported. 

McGrath majored in mathematics at Lee University before getting her master’s degree in secondary education for mathematics at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, according to the student article.



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