Antioch H.S. wrestling coach, teacher charged with sexual battery

Jerome Dooley (Courtesy: Metro-Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A wrestling coach at Antioch High School was arrested Wednesday morning after he was indicted on one count of sexual battery by an authority figure.

Metro police say an investigation into Jerome Dooley began last fall after a 17-year-old student reported an alleged incident to the assistant principal.

According to Metro Schools, Dooley is accused of grabbing the student’s behind in his classroom on Sept. 19 and touching his own private areas after.

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School officials say the wrestling coach, who also teaches science at Antioch High, was suspended without pay on Sept. 20.

On Nov. 18, Dooley was given a letter from the director of schools informing him his suspension would continue pending the outcome of the investigation.

It’s not known how long he worked at the school or within Metro Schools. As of Wednesday, Dooley was free on $50,000 bond.

Police say anyone else who believes Dooley acted inappropriately toward them is urged to contact the Sex Crimes Unit at 615-862-7540.

A senior at Antioch High, Sebastian Penagos, told News 2 that Dooley was his coach. He’s shocked by the allegations.

“He was a really good coach, and he pushed us to our max every day, and he always supported us in everything that we needed,” he said.

Orlando Mendoza said Dooley was his science teacher, saying the teacher used different methods to engage the students.

“He would bring us outside, I don’t know; he was just different, but a good different,” Mendoza told News 2.