GATLINBURG — A former Gatlinburg-Pittman High School teacher is now facing a charge of solicitation of a minor, after police concluded an investigation into allegations made against him while he was teaching at the high school.
A Sevier County Grand Jury returned a sealed indictment Monday against 33-year-old Tyler Lee Williams. Records at the Sevier County Jail show he was booked there Tuesday and released a few hours later on $10,000 bond.
The indictment indicates Williams contacted an underage student on Aug. 16 — the first day students reported for classes in Sevier County — and sought an encounter that would have constituted sexual battery by an authority figure.
It does not shed any additional light on the allegations against Williams, who taught math at GPHS from 2015 until he was suspended from his position on Sept. 16, the day that school officials became aware of allegations against him.
School officials said they contacted Gatlinburg Police on the same day; GPD confirmed last week they were investigating allegations involving Williams.
Williams resigned Sept. 21.
Williams was a GPHS graduate, and had returned to his alma mater after teaching for some time in Cocke County schools.
There are no other disciplinary issues reflected in his personnel file at the Sevier County School System.
Williams is being represented by defense attorney Bryan Delius, who said he was just starting to work on the case.
“We’ll be beginning our own investigation,” Delius said.
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