COVINGTON, TN (abc24.com) - A Covington middle school teacher was out of jail Tuesday, November 8, 2011, a day after she was arrested and charged with having sex with and providing booze to 11 different children.
Cindy Clifton, a teacher at Crestview Middle School, was arrested Monday after she was indicted on 53 counts, including 14 counts of statutory rape by an authority figure.
The Tipton County School District launched an investigation after receiving complaints from several parents.
According to the police report, "The complaints were from parents of students who got information from their children that alcohol was being provided to them at parties given by Mrs. Clifton."
"Obviously, we are deeply concerned and saddened by the allegations that have been brought against this teacher," Dr. William Bibb, Tipton County Schools Director tells abc24.com.
"When the system was made aware of the allegations, the teacher was immediately suspended without pay from her teaching position and all school related activities pending the investigation of the allegations," Bibb says.
According to a Tipton County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, Clifton posted $40,000 bond and was out of jail Tuesday night.
A man at Clifton's Covington home declined comment.
Clifton is due in court for her first court appearance on Thursday, November 10th.