Teacher, firefighter face judge on statutory rape charges - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Teacher, firefighter face judge on statutory rape charges

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Major road project takes a step forward

    Major road project takes a step forward

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:02 AM EDT2014-04-23 04:02:45 GMT
    Lee County Commissioners are close to approving a route for a major road project that will connect the east and west parts of the county. Tuesday night, they heard from Georgia Tech engineers who studiedMore >>
    Lee County residents will soon have the chance to give their opinions on a major road project.More >>
  • City leaders approve new rules for model airplanes

    City leaders approve new rules for model airplanes

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:59 PM EDT2014-04-23 03:59:14 GMT
    Albany city commissioners approve new rules for model airplanes.      Following complaints from some people who live near Hilsman Park a citizen's advisory committee spent months studying the issue andMore >>
    Albany city commissioners approve new rules for model airplanes.      Following complaints from some people who live near Hilsman Park a citizen's advisory committee spent months studying the issue andMore >>
  • Voters hear from candidates at forum

    Voters hear from candidates at forum

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:56 PM EDT2014-04-23 03:56:54 GMT
    Voters heard from more than a dozen political candidates at a forum Tuesday night hosted by the Albany Civil Rights Institute. People running in Dougherty County Commission, Dougherty County School BoardMore >>
    Days before early voting opens, candidates for several races in Dougherty County get together to try earn voters' support.More >>
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) – A Shelby County Schools teacher and a Memphis firefighter both faced a judge on rape charges Monday.

Bolton High School assistant baseball coach and teacher Michael Lewis is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old student both in his classroom and at his house. His roommate, MFD firefighter Bryan Wilson, is also accused of having sex with a different 17-year-old Bolton High School student.

Students at the high school told Action News 5 they were not surprised about the charges as rumors had been flying.

So, what did school officials know? And when? Action News 5's freedom of information request with the school district has been forwarded to its attorneys. Meanwhile, Lewis and Wilson went to court.

Lewis, who is charged with aggravated statutory rape and statutory rape by an authority figure, is free on a $30,000 bond.

Wilson maintains his innocence and is also free on bond.

Both men have been relieved of duty pending investigations into the charges.

"At this point, Mr. Wilson absolutely maintains his innocence," said his attorney, Blake Ballin. "He denies any wrongdoing. He looks forward to defending himself in court. He's a hard working, public servant. And he hopes that his name will be cleared in the very near future."

Wilson will go back to court on February 25. Lewis will go back one day later, on February 26.

Get the latest from Action News 5 anytime: iPhone | iPad | Android | SMS Alerts | Email Alerts | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Copyright 2014 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.
Powered by WorldNow