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Maryville College student teacher charged with statutory rape of Alcoa High student

A 23-year-old former Maryville College student was arrested Wednesday in connection with a sexual relationship that he allegedly conducted with an Alcoa High student last year.

Jordan Lorenzo Harris, 23, Circle Drive, Maryville, was charged with statutory rape by an authority figure following a joint investigation by Alcoa and Maryville police departments, according to a media release Thursday. He was free on a $25,000 bond pending a 9 a.m. Sept. 22 hearing in Blount County General Sessions.

Alcoa Director of Schools Brian Bell advised that Harris was a Maryville College student teacher who was assigned last year to Alcoa Middle and Alcoa High.

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Child abuse inquiry gets statutory footing as new panel members named

Four new panel members, including the author of a report on sexual exploitation in Rotherham, have been appointed to the reformed independent inquiry into child abuse, the home secretary has announced.

After months of controversy about the makeup and power of the inquiry, Theresa May confirmed on Thursday it was to be placed on a statutory footing “to compel witnesses to determine whether state and non-state institutions have taken seriously their duty of care to children”.

The home secretary said she had listened to demands from the survivors that the period of time covered by the inquiry be extended.

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