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Teacher arrested for sexual assault
Victoria Tatum

A Newton County School System teacher was arrested Thursday for sexual assault of 15-year-old student.

The Newton County Sheriff's Office received a complaint from the victim's family member that Victoria Tatum, 24, of Decatur, was having inappropriate contact with a 15-year-old male student.

According to an NCSO press release, the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) received the complaint on Tuesday. A forensic interview was conducted, per abuse protocol, and it was disclosed that inappropriate contact between Tatum and the student occurred more than once.

The NCSO said the investigation revealed that the contact began less than a month ago. Probable cause was obtained to apply for an arrest warrant.

Interviews at this point indicate that only one student is involved; however, the investigation is still open.

Tatum was charged with aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy, enticing a child for indecent purposes,

Tatum is a ninth grade math teacher at Newton High, reportedly in her first year of teaching.