Roswell police on Monday arrested a high school teacher and swimming coach who allegedly molested and raped a 13-year-old girl.
Preston Paris, 32, was a teacher and coach at Chattahoochee High School in Johns Creek, according to a news release from the Roswell Police Department.
He was charged with child molestation, statutory rape and enticing a child for indecent purposes. Bond was denied for Paris, who waived his first court appearance Tuesday. His next scheduled court date is Oct. 16.
Paris was “immediately separated from our district” following the allegations, said Cierra Boyd, a spokeswoman for Fulton County Schools.
Cobb County police contacted Roswell police last week about allegations involving Paris and the teen. According to a warrant obtained by AJC.com, Paris and the girl spoke via the Snapchat mobile app. Police allege Paris picked up the girl from her Cobb residence on July 13 and drove her to his Roswell apartment, where they had sex. He then drove her back home, according to police.
“Roswell police worked closely with the Fulton County Schools police to take Paris into custody as quickly as possible,” Roswell police spokeswoman Officer Lisa Holland told AJC.com.
Channel 2 Action News reported that Paris taught social studies at Chattahoochee, where he was arrested Monday.
In addition to the charges in Fulton, Paris faces a charge in Cobb County. There, he is wanted on another charge of enticing a child, according to the warrant.
Paris was a coach for Chattahoochee’s swimming and diving team. The team’s page was removed Monday afternoon.
He was also listed as head coach of the swim team at Mill Glen Swim and Tennis Club in Dunwoody, coaching the main team and the “preteam,” according to online records.
Authorities said they believe this is an isolated incident. However, police asked other potential victims to contact Roswell police at 770-640-4100.
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