DA: Crossville teacher charged with sexual battery
A Crossville elementary school teacher was charged with sexual battery by an authority figure and another charge, according to a release from the Office of the District Attorney General, Bryant C. Dunaway.
Michael Speich, a teacher at Stone Elementary School, and elected County Commissioner for the sixth district was charged with one count of sexual battery by an authority figure and one count of providing alcohol to a minor. The DA said the victim was a minor child at the time of the incident.
According to the release from the DA's office, on June 6, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office began to investigate an allegation that a teacher had given alcohol to a minor student at a property owned by Speich. Throughout the investigation, the DA's office said evidence of sexual abuse of the victim had been found.
An indictment shows Speich is accused of inappropriately touching a male who was under 18-year-old. The indictment also alleges that Speich purchased alcohol for the minor who is named John Doe in court documents. The victim was born in 2001.
On June 24, the DA said a grand jury returned indictments charging Speich.
According to the release, the investigation was "very much on-going." The DA asked anyone with knowledge about other potential victims to contact the DA at 931-484-8732 or go to the DA's office at 112 Fourth Street, Crossville.
Speich is scheduled to appear in court on July 8 in Cumberland County.