MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities say three Memphis-area teachers have been charged this month with raping students.
Authorities on Tuesday charged Sherwood Middle seventh-grade teacher Arlen Wilburn with statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl, The Associated Press reported. A message left on Wilburn's voicemail was not immediately returned.
Jonathon Austin, a teacher at Southeast Prep Academy, was charged May 13 with statutory rape after a 17-year-old student said she's had a relationship with him since March. Austin vehemently denied the accusations in an interview with WMC-TV.
Detectives on May 5 charged 28-year-old Stacy Hopkins, an Arlington High wellness teacher, with raping two male students, now 16 and 18 years old. A number listed for Hopkins has been disconnected and she could not be reached for comment.
All three teachers have been suspended without pay.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.