As previously reported by KNIA/KRLS News, a Knoxville School employee has been suspended with pay amidst allegations of improper conduct with a high school student. According to police reports, the alleged incidents took place between May 2013 and January 2014, at the school and at a home with an address in Carlisle matching that of Knoxville Football Coach and PE Teacher Troy Rider. Knoxville School Superintendent Dr. Randy Flack says at this time, the district is cooperating with the Knoxville Police Department in the investigation of the alleged incident. Dr. Flack says “our primary concern is the safety of our students. During the course of the investigation the employee accused of misconduct is on paid administrative leave.”
Knoxville Police Chief Dan Losada tells KNIA KRLS News that the girl and her mother made reports to the school, as well as to the Knoxville Police Department, regarding misconduct.
Troy Rider came to Knoxville School District in 2010, after coaching for Dowling Catholic in Des Moines, and teaching at Des Moines East. Rider just completed his 4th season with the Knoxville football program.
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