By Nathan Baker
A former Hampton Elementary School teacher accused of sending hundreds of explicit text and social media messages to an underage former student and carrying out a sexual relationship with another will next appear in Carter County Criminal Court to answer the charges.
Kelly Andrae Smith, a former sixth-grade teacher, appeared briefly in general sessions court Monday with his attorney, Jim Bowman.
Judge John Walton bound his cases over to criminal court and set an initial appearance date of July 26.
On April 12, Carter County Sheriff’s Department investigators charged Smith, 30, with solicitation of a person under 18 years of age and solicitation of a minor to observe sexual conduct, saying a 13-year-old student’s mother reported finding hundreds of messages and pictures, some sexually explicit in nature, sent to the young girl during the previous month.
On April 16, he was again taken into custody by the CCSD when officers said a second girl, now 16, came forward claiming a physical sexual relationship with the teacher. He was charged with statutory rape.
According to Carter County School System personnel records, Smith was on unpaid suspension at the time of the charges because of two previous DUI arrests. He later turned in his resignation.
Smith is scheduled to appear in general sessions court Tuesday to answer to DUI and leaving the scene of an accident charges.