Former Pearl-Cohn High School teacher charged with statutory rape

(Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A former Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School teacher has been charged with statutory rape.

Marquita Alston, 24, is facing five counts of statutory rape for allegedly performing sex acts on five 17-year-old boys.

The reported crimes happened between September and November 2014.

The Metro Nashville Police Department’s Sex Crimes Unit started investigating Alston on Nov. 24, 2014 after the principal of Pearl-Cohn High School reported information she received about the teacher.

The investigation into Alston lasted several months and involved multiple interviews with students and others.

Detectives say they were told that Alston had sexual contact with several teens. Some of those incidents occurred on the school’s campus, according to officials.

Alston was placed on administrative leave on Nov. 25, 2014, and she resigned on December 1 of that year.

The investigative case file was later sent to prosecutors for evaluation and consideration in May 2015.

Alston is free on $1,000 bond.

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