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Wayne County teacher arrested, charged with sexual battery

Photo courtesy of Wayne County Sheriff's Department Photo courtesy of Wayne County Sheriff's Department

WAYNE COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Wayne County High School teacher and softball coach charged with six counts of sexual battery has posted bail and been released pending trial.

Monday, Richard Craig Bush, 27, of Laurel appeared before Circuit Judge Lester F. Williamson Jr., at the Lauderdale County Court House for a probable cause hearing. The hearing was held there due to holiday scheduling conflicts.

Officials allege Bush had sexual relations with a 16-year-old female several times between October and November.

Justice Court Judge Jane Hutto was bond at $60,000 - $10,000 per count of felony sexual battery.

He faces a possible sentence of 30 years for each count.

Bush turned himself in to Wayne County authorities Monday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He resigned a week prior.

It is not known how many students may have been involved. Authorities began their investigation into Bush two weeks ago after Superintendent Robert Dean informed deputies of the allegations.

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