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South Gibson Co. Coach Arrested

By Cyndi Lundeberg
By clundeberg@wbbjtv.com

GIBSON COUNTY, Tenn. - Jackson Police said Kendall Bell, 25, was teaching curriculum not suited for any classroom.

Lt. Tyreece Miller of the Jackson Police Department has been on the case since news of the alleged affair transpired.

"He is supposed to be someone to go to if you need help, counseling, I mean he's there to teach students not to have sex with them," said Lt. Miller.

Nicholas Williams went to High school in Gibson County, the same district Bell teaches. As a father of a two-year-old girl he said he cannot imagine the anguish the family must be experiencing.

"It would break my heart. It's a hard thing to explain," Williams said.

Bell was suspended nearly two weeks ago with pay but after his Jackson apartment was searched Friday morning he was taken into custody. He is being charged with two counts of statutory rape by an authority figure and one count of sexual battery.

"He is a coach and a teacher at a school where she is a student. So that puts him in a position of trust so it makes it a more serious crime," Miller said.

Gibson County School Director Eddie Pruitt said Bells case is an isolated incident and parents should not be concerned for their children's safety.

Williams said he cannot believe a teacher would blatantly hurt a student.

"They are there to protect them not hurt them. They're supposed to be there to help them not hurt them," he said,

Bell will appear before a judge Saturday morning to have bond set. He will be in court Monday morning.
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