2 Tennessee men accused of sexual relationship with student

ERIN, Tenn. (AP) – A high school teacher in Tennessee and a former school board member are accused of having a sexual relationship with the same 15-year-old student.

News outlets report Houston County sheriff’s deputies say 43-year-old Richard Tyson and 70-year-old Ernest Beechum were arrested on multiple charges including sexual battery by an authority figure.

Sheriff Kevin Sugg says both men are accused of having independent sexual relationships with the girl. Sugg says Beechum’s relationship with the teen had been ongoing for nearly a year. Investigators believe Tyson started a relationship with the student earlier this year.

Police say Beechum recently retired as chair on the county school board after 24 years. They say Tyson was hired as a history teacher at Houston County High School two years ago.

It wasn’t clear if the two have attorneys.