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Suspect in Sequatchie County school threat now charged with statutory rape

Zachary Nicholas Key was taken into custody on Friday after investigators say he told a student over social media that he was going to "shoot up the school." On Monday, we learned that he now has been charged with statutory rape. (Images: Dunlap PD, MGN)

The Dunlap Police Department says a 19-year-old originally charged for threatening to shoot up a Sequatchie County school last week now faces an additional charge of statutory rape.

Zachary Nicholas Key, a former Sequatchie County Schools student, was taken into custody on Friday after investigators say he told a student over social media that he was going to "shoot up the school."

Detectives interviewed Key about the threat and said they found he had no intent to harm, and that the incident was a hoax.

Key was also questioned about about an ongoing statutory rape investigation. After interviewing the alleged rape victim, Key was charged with statutory rape.

Zachary Key is currently being held at the Sequatchie County Jail without bond. Key will make an appearance in general sessions court on Friday, March 16th.

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