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Former MJ coach indicted on sex crimes

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A former Mt. Juliet High School wrestling coach has been indicted by a Wilson County Grand Jury on charges of statutory rape by an authority figure, sexual battery by an authority figure, unlawful sexual contact and sexual exploitation of a minor.

Darin Plumlee, 46, of Lebanon, turned himself in at the Wilson County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) Friday, May 12 and was booked into the jail. He was issued a $10,000 bond, which he then posted, according to law enforcement officials.

In April, detectives with the WCSO launched an investigation in regards to a student who made complaints of inappropriate behavior regarding the MJHS teacher and coach. According to Wilson County Schools, Plumlee resigned from his position as a special ed teacher and wrestling coach at MJHS once the investigation began. The county school system notified the state, and his license was placed on hold, pending the outcome of the investigation.

According to Plumlee's personnel file with Wilson County Schools, he was hired in 2000 to be a wrestling coach and teacher at Lebanon High School. In June of 2011, he resigned to work for another school system. In July 2014, he was hired to be a special education teacher and assistant wrestling coach at MJHS, where he worked until he was suspended.

In all, Plumlee spent nearly 14 years working for Wilson County Schools.

"At no time have we received any complaints about Plumlee having inappropriate relationships with students," Wilson County Schools Spokesperson Jennifer Johnson said. "His disciplinary record was clean, except for a written reprimand that he received for going 70 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone in September of 2010."

Plumlee faces charges on three counts of statutory rape by an authority figure, three counts of sexual battery by an authority figure, unlawful sexual contact and sexual exploitation of a minor.

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