DYERSBURG, TN – A suspended Dyersburg High School teacher was indicted by a grand jury on four felony charges Monday, April 9, after an investigation into the circumstances of possible inappropriate conduct.
The indictments against first-year teacher John Mark Moody, included a Class C felony charge of tampering with evidence, which carries a sentence of 3-15 years if convicted. Other charges include three Class D felonies of coercion of a witness, solicitation of a minor, and solicitation of statutory rape by an authority figure. The Class D charges carry a 2-12 year sentence if convicted.
The Dyersburg City School System issued a release on Monday afternoon following the indictments. “The Dyersburg City School System was notified on the afternoon of March 5, 2018, that a teacher was under criminal investigation by TBI. According to board policy, he was immediately suspended without pay. On Monday, April 09, John Mark Moody was indicted by the Grand Jury. Mr. Moody’s suspension continues.
We are cooperating with authorities and their investigation.
“Safety of our students is always our top priority.” Moody turned himself in on Monday afternoon and was released on a $20,000 bond.