Arrest affidavit: Whitwell High School teacher had sex with student in his office

Joseph Smith. Photo via Marion County Sheriff's Department

UPDATE: NewsChannel 9 has obtained an affidavit with more details about what happened.

The affidavit says Joseph Smith and a 17-year-old student had "consensual sex" in Smith's office, right next to his classroom. The affidavit says no other students were present at the time.

Authorities also released Smith's mugshot:

Superintendent Mark Griffith says Smith was fired last Friday after the charges came to light.

Authorities held a news conference about the matter on Tuesday afternoon.

Depend on us to keep you posted.


A Whitwell High School teacher has been arrested and charged with statutory rape Friday night.

Marion County Sheriff Bo Burnette confirms Joseph Smith was arrested around 8:30 p.m. at his home.

Marion County Director of schools Mark Griffith would not confirm the teacher's name, but said the School Resource Officer was notified and they contacted the Department of Children's Services.

According to the school website Smith taught carpentry personal finance and career courses, and was a middle school baseball coach.

Depend on us to update this story as we learn more.

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