An alleged sexual predator who allegedly forced dozens of students to have sex with him while working in his elementary school has been charged with eight counts of sexual assault, the State Department of Education announced.
Christopher Evans, 52, was arraigned Monday in Jackson County on eight counts.
According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Evans is accused of sexually assaulting four of the students at Evans High School in Whitnall, Tennessee.
He is being held in the Jackson Detention Center on $5 million bond.
Evans, who worked as a teacher at Evans in the late 1980s and early 1990s, is accused by the school district of forcing a number of students at the school to have sexual intercourse with him and other teachers.
Evans also allegedly pressured teachers to have consensual sex with students, prosecutors said.
According to the criminal complaint, Evans allegedly made sexual advances to students while working at the high school.
According a school district spokesperson, Evans worked as an elementary school teacher for the past six years.
The complaint says the school was aware of the allegations and had been in touch with Evans’ attorney.
The Jackson County Attorney’s office said it would not be releasing any information about the charges.
The school district said it had contacted the FBI about the allegations.
The allegations come after an extensive investigation that led to Evans being removed from his position as a teaching assistant in November 2016, the Jackson school district told the Associated Press.
The school district also announced that the school would not renew Evans’ contract in the near future.