DYERSBURG, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - UPDATE 6/19/2018 - A Dyersburg High teacher accused of sexual misconduct was sentenced to 4 years after pleading guilty to two counts. John Mark Moody pleaded guilty Tuesday to solicitation of a minor/aggravated statutory rape and false reporting/conspiracy.
Two other counts, statutory rape by an authority figure and tampering with evidence, were dismissed.
Moody was sentenced to 4 years, 1 of which is to be served in the Dyer County Jail, the other 3 as supervised probation. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim, and must register as a sex offender for ten years.
Moody is expected to report to jail Friday.
UPDATE 4/10/2018 - A Dyersburg High School teacher is now officially charged after allegations of sexual misconduct. According to Dyer County jail records, John Mark Moody is charged with tampering with or fabricating evidence, statutory rape by an authority figure, solicitation of a minor, and coercion of a witness.
Moody has since been released on $20,000 bond. He has a court date of April 16th.
(TBI NEWS RELEASE)
An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the indictment and arrest of a Dyersburg High School teacher on multiple charges involving inappropriate conduct with a minor student.
On March 3rd, at the request of 29th District Attorney General Danny Goodman, TBI Special Agents began an investigation into the possible inappropriate conduct between Dyersburg High School teacher John Mark Moody and his students.
As a result of the investigation, on April 9th, the Dyer County Grand Jury indicted John Mark Moody for Solicitation of Statutory Rape by an Authority Figure, Solicitation of a Minor, Tampering with Evidence, and Coercion of a Witness.
Moody voluntarily turned himself and was booked into the Dyer County Jail on a $20,000 bond.
(ORIGINAL STORY 3/15/2018)
A Dyersburg High School teacher remains on suspension, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into possible inappropriate contact. The Dyersburg City Schools director told Local 24 the investigation revolves around some kind of online impropriety involving John Mark Moody.
Moody hasn't been officially arrested or charged, but those in this community said they're upset and concerned if the allegations against this teacher are confirmed by investigators.
Dyersburg High School students and staff are on spring break this week, but it's the long-term future of one of the school's teachers that's the talk of the town Thursday.
“It's a wakeup call,” said parent Tramenda Webb. “It's scary with the technology that we have now because any age can access.”
“I don't think it's right. I think something has to be done about it,” said parent Jeff Beaver.
Moody's now deleted LinkedIn page said he teaches English at Dyersburg High. According to district leaders, he's accused of some kind of inappropriate online contact.
“Him being his age, he should know better, even if he's young, he's still old enough to know better. (If it's true). If it's true,” said Webb.
“Hopefully it will send a message to others to not do that. Like I said, it's a violation of trust. I mean if they are, if it did happen,” said Beaver.
“It's really scary, I mean, to be a teacher, to use that as leverage,” said parent Andrea Gilliland.
“My daughter being around someone like that and trying to learn something good in school and then you someone doing that, that's not good, if he's really done it,” said parent Kevin Hawkes.
In a statement, the school system's director said:
“Dyersburg City Schools was notified on March 5, 2018 that a first year teacher was under investigation by the TBI. He was immediately suspended in accordance with Tennessee Code and our Board policy. We are cooperating with authorities and their investigation at this time. The safety of our students is always our top priority. All allegations are taken seriously."
We’ve been unable to reach the teacher himself for comment. A woman who identified herself as the teacher’s mother closed the door when Local 24’s Brad Broders asked for comment Thursday afternoon.