UPDATE: School issues statement on arrest of former teacher

A former Knox County teacher has been arrested for allegedly having “inappropriate interaction” with a student.

According to KSP public information officer Shane Jacobs, 37-year-old former teacher Terry Jones of Hedrick was arrested for third-degree rape on an indictment warrant returned last Friday by the Knox Grand Jury, based on evidence presented by police.

Jones was served with the warrant by KSP on Tuesday.

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On Thursday afternoon, Knox County schools public information director Frank Shelton issued the following official statement from the school system; “The Knox County Public Schools can confirm that Terry Jones was a teacher at Knox Central High School during the 2013-2014 academic year. Mr. Jones also served as an assistant girls basketball coach at Knox Central during the 2013-2014 season. Mr. Jones is no longer employed by the Knox County Board of Education. At this time the Knox County Public Schools are unable to provide any additional information about Mr. Jones due to personnel privacy.”

According to Knox court officials, Jones posted bonded out of custody on Wednesday when he paid 10 percent of a $10,000 cash bond.

Knox jail officials could find no record that Jones was ever incarcerated on the charges.

Jones is due back in court Friday for arraignment on the charges.

According to Jones’ indictment, the alleged offense occurred on March 1, 2014.

The case is still under investigation by Tpr. Marcus Williams.

Editor’s note: An indictment is only an accusation and does not imply guilt.