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Shepard’s court date rescheduled

Jake Old • Mar 29, 2017 at 5:12 PM

A court date for Michael Shepard, a former Wilson Central High School teacher and softball coach who is accused of statutory rape, was rescheduled this week.

Shepard, who pleaded not guilty to two charges of statutory rape by an authority figure, is scheduled to appear in Wilson County criminal court for a hearing May 23 at 8:30 a.m.

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.

Attorney Adam Parrish represents Shepard. A trial date is not yet set.

Shepard previously had hearings rescheduled earlier this year in January, as well as in November, September and July in 2016.

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