A teacher at Oakland High School who was suspended without pay is now facing criminal charges.
Social Studies teacher Tyler Soffiantino started his suspension on April 17, 2017, as confirmed by the Rutherford County Schools. The suspension came when a criminal investigation began by the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office.
Soffiantino has since been charged with three counts of statutory rape by an authority figure. He will be arraigned in court before Judge Bragg on the 14th of August.
In addition to teaching Social Studies at Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, Soffiantino was also a P.E. Coach and an assistant boys basketball coach.
Prior to being hired at Oakland High School, the man spent time at Lebanon High School where he was a varsity assistant and head freshman basketball coach for two years.
Tyler Soffiantino is currently free on bond and awaiting his upcoming court date in Rutherford County.