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Scotts Hill High Teacher Facing Statutory Rape Charges

CHESTER COUNTY, Tenn. -- A Scotts Hill High School teacher has been arrested and charged with aggravated statutory rape and solicitation of aggravated statutory rape.

On March 12, the Chester County Sheriff’s Office learned that an unknown adult male had been soliciting a juvenile male for sex.

After an investigation, Randy Hart, 46, of Reagan, was identified as the unknown adult male.

It was reported to CCSO that the adult male had contacted the minor through an online chat room and had also arranged a meeting with the juvenile earlier this month.

Further investigation revealed that Hart had solicited the juvenile male for sex over the internet and that he and the juvenile had met at a discreet location in Henderson where the two of them had oral sex.

Steve Wilkinson, the director of schools in Henderson County, said the school was not aware of anything going on until the Sheriff's Office contacted the school close to lunchtime Monday.

In accordance to school board policy, Hart is suspended without pay and will stay that way until the outcome of the investigation.

Wilkinson said the safety of the children is of the utmost importance and they will fully cooperate with all investigating agencies.

Hart is currently jailed without bond, and will make his first court appearance on Tuesday morning.

If you or someone you know has had contact with Hart either online or in person, please contact the Chester County Sheriff’s Office at 731-989-2449