DeKalb teacher accused of allowing student sex arrested

A teacher and coach at a DeKalb County middle school was arrested Tuesday amid allegations that he let students have sex in a classroom closet.

Twenty-five-year-old Quentin Wright, a basketball coach and math and science teacher at Stone Mountain’s Champion Theme Middle School, was arrested at about 6:30 p.m. and charged with four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a misdemeanor. Online records show he was released on bond about 2 1/2 hours later.

Wright opted to resign from his position in lieu of termination, DeKalb County schools spokesman Quinn Hudson confirmed Wednesday. A previously released notice of termination, however, accuses the teacher of “sending inappropriate text messages … concerning matters of a sexual nature” to a 14-year-old male student.

The mother of that boy told Channel 2 Action News that Wright was “allowing the students to have sex in a storage room of his classroom.”

“He told my son you can have it from 7:30 to like 8:30,” the mother, who asked to remain anonymous, told Channel 2. “‘Did you tell the girl what’s going to happen? That she cannot tell anybody?’ Basically don’t tell anyone I’m allowing you to use my room.”

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Hudson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the text messages “strongly suggested” that Wright was indeed permitting students to have sex in his classroom, but that no charges had been filed along those lines.

“We are continuing our investigation of the matter,” Hudson said, “and we’re also working with the district attorney’s office in DeKalb County.”

In resigning, Wright forfeited his right to a formal hearing and appeal regarding his termination, Hudson said.

A substitute teacher has been assigned to Wright’s classes for the remainder of the school year and the classes are “checked and monitored every day,” Hudson said. Friday is the last day of classes.

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