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A former Cocke County High School teacher is accused of having sex with a student.

was arrested Tuesday after a grand jury charged him with 1 count of sexual battery by an authority figure.

According to court documents, investigators say Southerland had sexual contact with a student between the ages of 13 and 18 years. A joint press release from the sheriff's office and Director of Schools says the incident took place at the school in February 2013.

Southerland resigned after the incident.

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