Houston Co. teacher, official accused of inappropriate relations - WSMV News 4

Houston Co. teacher, official accused of inappropriate relationship with student

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Richard Tyson (Source: Houston County Sheriff's Office) Richard Tyson (Source: Houston County Sheriff's Office)
Ernest Beechum (Source: Houston County Sheriff's Office) Ernest Beechum (Source: Houston County Sheriff's Office)
ERIN, TN (WSMV) -

Two men who work for the Houston County School District face several charges over an alleged inappropriate relationship with a student.

Police said Richard Tyson and Ernest Tommy Beechum abused their power to have sex with a student.

After 24 years on the Houston County School Board, police said Beechum recently retired as chair. Sources said he was the man who would shake students’ hands at graduation.

“Mr. Beechum and the juvenile went to church together and it’s from my understanding that’s how they met,” said Houston County Sheriff Kelvin Sugg.

Police believe Beechum had been in a sexual relationship with the female student for at least a year.

Last Friday night, Houston County deputies received an anonymous letter indicating Beechum had sex with a freshman student. Investigators got the case on Monday.

Police brought in the alleged victim. One number kept showing up in her phone records. Police said that number belonged to the Tyson, the girl’s high school history teacher.

“It was a twist. You go on one and you discover you’ve got two,” Sugg said. “She knew Mr. Tyson when she was at school. She had ties with Mr. Beechum as well, all at the same time.”

Police said Tyson had been at Houston County High School for two years. He was an educator in Stewart County before that.

Investigators believe Tyson started a relationship with the student earlier this year, which would have been the girl’s freshman year.

Detectives said the two men did not know each other and both had independent sexual relationships with the underage girl.

“This won’t be a toleration in this county. We’re not going to have it,” Sugg said.

Both men have been charged with sexual battery by an authority figure, sexual exploitation of a minor by an authority figure and solicitation of a minor by an authority figure.

Both men bonded out of jail Wednesday afternoon. They are not allowed on any Houston County school property.

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