By Julie Ball
BRYSON CITY - A former high school teacher and school resource officer in Swain County is facing a statutory rape charge in Macon County.
David Peterson, 32, of Bryson City, is charged with felony statutory rape, according to Lt. Steve Stewart, jail administrator for Macon County.
A warrant alleges Peterson had sex with a 15-year-old. The incident allegedly occurred earlier this month in Macon County.
Peterson had been working as a school resource officer at East Elementary in Swain County, according to Swain County Sheriff Curtis Cochran.
He had only been on the job about three weeks, Cochran said. He was dismissed from his job.
“He was a former teacher. He came highly recommended by the school system,” the sheriff said.
Swain County school officials could not be reached Thursday afternoon.
The State Bureau of Investigation continues to investigate.
“We called them immediately, and the District Attorney’s office also requested an investigation,” Cochran said.
Peterson is scheduled for a March 6 court date.
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