Smyrna teacher charged with sex crimes after posting Tik Tok

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SMYRNA, Tenn. (WSMV) – A former 5th grade teacher at John Colemon Elementary School has been charged with 19 sex crimes after posting videos of students.

Rutherford County Schools told WSMV4 that Taylor Cruze, a fifth-grade first-grade teacher at John Coleman Elementary School, was suspended without pay at the end of the 2021-2022 school year following a an investigation by local law enforcement.

Officials said Cruze was accused of inappropriate explicit communications and sexual contact with students.

Sources told WSMV4 that the teacher allegedly posted the videos on Tik Tok of the students. The suspect’s bail is set at $100,000.

Here are the charges the teacher is currently facing:

1. Electronically exploiting a minor of a minor under the age of 13 (five counts)

2. Exploitation of a minor by electronic means (five counts)

3. Particularly aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor (five counts)

4. Solicitation of a minor – Rape of a child (three counts)

5. Sexual assault by an authority figure (one count)

Cruze was indicted by a grand jury in Smyrna. She submitted her resignation to the RCS on May 22, 2022 and is no longer an employee.

Rutherford County Schools said they continue to cooperate fully with investigators during the process.

This is a developing story.

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