Teacher charged with aggravated sexual

Robert Ring

Shafer Middle School teacher Robert Ring, 49, has been charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery and two counts of assault, according to arrest affidavits issued on Friday.

The parents of five of Ring’s students were granted orders of protection against him on Monday.

Ring, who has taught 6th grade social studies at the Gallatin school since 2013, was suspended without pay on May 17 for allegations of inappropriate contact with a student(s). School is currently out for the summer.

The Sumner County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation on May 17 as well.

Ring is charged with aggravated sexual battery for incidents that occurred on May 15 and May 16, according to the affidavits. In the May 16 incident, Ring is alleged to have used his hand to force a 12-year-old student’s head to touch his groin area.

In the May 15 incident, Ring is alleged to have approached a 12-year-old student from behind while the student was standing at a locker that was jammed. School surveillance shows Ring approaching the student from behind, according to the affidavit.

When Ring approaches to help the student with his locker, Ring’s body makes contact with the student’s backside. The student can be heard saying, “You’re right on top of me.”

“Mr. Ring responds with ‘I know you like it,’ as stated by the student,” according to the affidavit.

Ring is also charged with assault for allegedly rubbing a student’s thigh “within the last few weeks of school,” and for also inappropriately touching another student while in class on May 16.

The teacher is currently being held in the Sumner County Jail on a $25,000 bond. 

Sumner County Schools Spokesperson Jeremy Johnson could not be reached for comment on Friday. 

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