Lexington (Tenn.) assistant football coach charged with statutory rape

Adam Yates (Photo: Provided)

Adam Yates (Photo: Provided)

Lexington (Tenn.) High School teacher and assistant football coach Adam Yates was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a charge of aggravated statutory rape, according to Henderson County Sheriff Brian Duke.

Duke said the alleged victim in the case is a minor, but couldn’t confirm whether the victim is a student at the high school. Duke said the investigation is ongoing.

Henderson County Schools Superintendent Steve Wilkinson said Yates has been suspended.

“We suspended Adam Yates on Tuesday afternoon without pay after receiving information that raised concern for us earlier in the day that prompted an investigation into the matter,” Wilkinson told The Jackson Sun on Thursday. “After we suspended him, we turned the information over to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office for them to investigate.

“We go to great lengths to ensure the safety of our students, and we have a lot of good people working in our system,” Wilkinson said. “We go the extra mile to make sure our faculty and staff have the interests of our students at heart. We hope that we won’t be judged based on one episode.”

Yates, 34, is the offensive coordinator for the football team. He teaches in the special education department at Lexington High School, according to the school’s website.

Jail records show Yates was released on bail Wednesday afternoon. He is scheduled to appear in court at 8 a.m. Tuesday, according to Duke.

Yates couldn’t be reached for comment.