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Shepard court date moved to November

Xavier Smith • Updated Sep 13, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Michael Shepard, a former teacher and softball coach at Wilson Central High School, had his trial date moved Monday in Wilson County criminal court. 

Criminal court Judge Brody Kane moved Shepard’s court date to Nov. 14. He pleaded not guilty in July on two counts of statutory rape by an authority figure. He was arrested July 14 at his home.

Wilson County assistant district attorney Tom Swink said the date was moved for disposition. The continuance was granted because the defense is still in the process of reviewing discovery, according to Swink. 

The Wilson County Board of Education accepted Shepard’s resignation during a July 6 special called meeting, which was held to bring charges against Shepard for termination since he was a tenured teacher at the school.

Shepard was relieved of his coaching duties July 1 after he became the center of an investigation.

According to Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan, the criminal investigation also involved a student at the school, but the details weren’t released.

Shepard taught algebra and geometry at Wilson Central since 2009. His first season as head coach of the softball team was 2010.

The Lady Wildcats had a state championship appearance in 2014 and won the Class AAA state championship in 2015 with Shepard as head coach.

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