Substitute teacher charged with sexually assaulting student out on bond

Published: May. 16, 2017 at 8:49 PM EDT|Updated: May. 17, 2017 at 5:25 AM EDT
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DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - A Dougherty County Schools substitute teacher is out of jail, after he was caught in the act of having sex with a student.

Dougherty County school police arrested Matthew Rouse, 31, at Dougherty High School Tuesday morning. He was released from the Dougherty County jail on a $7,500 bond just after 6 that afternoon.

School police said Rouse was arrested in a music room and has been charged with three counts of sexual assault with a person in custody. That means that a student was under the care of the adult charged.

Police said someone walked in when the substitute teacher was involved in sexual acts with a 17-year-old male student.

School officials said they are looking into the crime as a personnel matter.

"The sub will not be put in contact with students until the criminal matter is resolved. Then, the board will make a decision on a recommendation that comes up through our proper normal policies and procedures," explained DCSS Spokesperson J.D. Sumner.

Police are also are investigating the incident.

It's illegal for teachers to engage in sexual relations with a student, no matter their age.

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