A former substitute teacher for Bedford County has been suspended without pay by the Rutherford County school system after a student accused him of asking her about sex between teachers and students.
The Daily News Journal reported Friday that Nalin White, who resides in Bell Buckle, has not been accused of touching the 15-year-old freshman. The 28-year-old White is a second-year geography teacher at Siegel High School.
He also serves as an assistant coach for baseball and football teams at the school.
School spokesman James Evans told the DNJ Thursday, "He did not proposition her," and that White denies the accusations.
According to a complaint filed by the girl's mother, the alleged conversation took place May 3 after dismissal of class and states White asked the student multiple times if she had interest in sex with a teacher, and she said no.
"He asked if she was sexually active, would she have sex with a teacher between 26 and 28 years old," the mother's complaint states.
Evans said that they are asking anyone at the school if they have any knowledge of inappropriate conduct involving White.
The allegations are being investigated by Rutherford County detective Mickey McCullough and he will consult with the district attorney's office about his findings, the DNJ reported.
White previously worked as a substitute teacher, interim teacher and student teacher in Bedford County, the paper reported. Evans said that White passed a criminal background check.
According to the Murfreesboro paper, White's personnel file included reference-verification forms completed by Siegel High Principal Ken Nolan. The documents indicate that White had not been fired, suspended, reprimanded or investigated for anything prior to taking his job at Siegel, the paper reported.
White earned a bachelor's degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 2002 and is a 1996 graduate of Shelbyville Central High.