Former Catholic Coach Enters Guilty Plea

By: Nick Bona
By: Nick Bona

Knoxville (WVLT) -- A former Knoxville high school coach and teacher has pleaded guilty to statutory rape.

Dianne Dieterich was the head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach at Knoxville Catholic High School prior to being dismissed this summer after allegations that she was having an inappropriate relationship with a male student.

She was given a four year prison sentence, but she immediately applied for judicial diversion, a program that grants probation with the possibility of dismissal or expungement.

As part of the deal, she must regularly attend marriage and sexual counseling.

According to her bio on the school's website, Dieterich began teaching at Catholic in 1999.

The Northwestern State University grad taught accounting, keyboarding, personal finance, business computing and was the chair of the school's business technology department.


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  • by HAHA Location: knoxville catholic student on Nov 7, 2007 at 05:32 PM
    i hope she loses her kids. i hope she freakin' can't even live this down.
  • by CLass of 02 Location: Knoxville on Oct 25, 2007 at 08:11 PM
    I know plenty of guys that wish they had tried something lol Just a couple years late.
  • by 2004 graduate Location: knoxville on Sep 29, 2007 at 12:43 PM
    what is happening to knoxville!!! First Taylor olsen then ms. dietrich... geeze... i went to knoxville catholic and she was one of my teachers in 04... my god. The whole county has gone nuts!
  • by Anonymous Location: Knoxville on Sep 29, 2007 at 11:41 AM
    i just want to say that i was a student at KCHS, as well as of mrs. dieterich and this was a long time coming. the way she acted towards the male students was quite flirtatious for a married teacher. it's not surprising to say the least. hopefully, they won't grant her diversion and this will stay on her record. she needs to live with this and learn from her mistakes. it saddens me to see this happen, but it's frustrating too for someone to put on this show and attend church every sunday and be doing this in the background. she was a great teacher, but needs to know when not to flirt and that her students are just that, her students and nothing else.
  • by Daniel Location: Knoxville on Sep 28, 2007 at 03:21 PM
    Interesting that there's no mention of her being required to register as a Sex Offender.... Wanna bet it would have gone this way if the teacher had been a man?

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