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Police investigating allegations against MBA teacher

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A teacher at Montgomery Bell Academy, one of Nashville's most prestigious private schools, is off the job during a police investigation.

The details still aren't clear, but the Metro Police Department has assigned the case to its sex crimes unit.

The police department emphasizes that no charges have been filed against the teacher and right now detectives are trying to sort out exactly what happened.

MBA educates boys from grades seven to 12.

A report published in the City Paper last weekend said that one of MBA's female middle school teachers was fired last week after allegations stemmed from a sexual encounter with students. One of the students involved, according to the paper, was a high school junior from MBA. And the paper said other non-MBA students may have been involved as well.

The Metro Police Department confirmed that a case was opened Monday by the department's Sex Crimes Unit.

According to police spokesman Don Aaron, the investigation involves a former teacher's "potential illegal conduct involving a minor."

The police department said the investigation is "in its infancy and will be active for the next several days."

Channel 4 has chosen not to name the teacher, because she has not been charged, and her identity has not been confirmed by either the police department or the school.

Tuesday, the headmaster at MBA declined to talk about the case, saying only, "no comment," and when Channel 4 contacted the woman by phone, she hung up.

She has an attorney, who implied to Channel 4 that there are questions about whether his client might actually be the victim in this case.

Teachers who have sex with their students are generally prosecuted with a charge of sexual battery by an authority figure.

But again, the details of what may have happened have not been released, and it may be a while before detective sort things out.

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