Former Alcoa coach faces sex charges

10:34 PM, Dec 5, 2011   |    comments
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Former Alcoa High School Softball Coach Paul Talley. This picture was taken for the school's yearbook.

A former Alcoa teacher and coach has been arrested and charged with having inappropriate sexual relationships with two students.

According to Alcoa Police, Robert Paul Talley, 40, of Concord, turned himself in on Monday after a Blount County grand jury indicted him on several charges, including five counts of statutory rape by an authority figure, two counts of sexual battery by an authority figure, and two counts of solicitation of a minor for sexual battery by an authority figure.

Talley was teaching U.S. History and coaching softball when he resigned on October 27.  At the time, he cited health and personal reasons for his resignation.

The investigation into Talley began after the Director of Schools, Dr. Brian Bell, informed Alcoa Police of several allegations against Talley on October 26.

Investigators determined that Talley had engaged in sexual conduct and inappropriate physical contact with a female student.  They also believe he solicited inappropriate contact with another female student.  The students both indicated that the contact spanned more than one school year.

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