Former Metro teacher arrested in California on sexual battery charge

Jamai Smothers, 25, was arrested in California after being indicted in Davidson County on a charge of sexual battery by an authority figure. (Photo: Fresno County Sheriff's Office)

A former Nashville high school teacher has been arrested in Fresno, CA, after a grand jury indictment on charges of sexual battery by an authority figure.

Metro Police determined that Janai Mercedes Smothers, 25, was likely in Fresno and requested authorities to attempt to locate her.

Smothers was arrested by Fresno police at a local school Monday afternoon.

The indictment alleges that Smothers had unlawful physical contact at Maplewood with a teenage female student during the 2015-16 school year.

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