LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — A former elementary school substitute teacher has pled guilty to aggravated sexual battery. Terry Fults, 36, of Twin Cedars Lane in Tullahoma, pled guilty in the Moore County courthouse Monday. Fults was arrested on Oct. 29, 2014 and then released on $100,000 bond.
Fults had been working as a substitute teacher at Lynchburg Elementary School prior to her arrest.
According to court documents, Fults, had a sexual relation with a 10-year-old boy who was a student at Lynchburg Elementary School.
According to the report, Fults “was noticed at a homecoming event sitting with the juvenile sitting between her legs and reclined with his head on her breast. Teachers began reporting things that they had seen in the past between Fults and the juvenile that they thought had looked odd.
“Fults’ daughter stated that her mother spent time alone in her bedroom with the juvenile, and that he would spend the night in there with the door closed.”
Moore County Sheriff’s investigator Mike Rainey was contacted and immediately began his investigation. After contacting the juvenile’s mother, Rainey obtained cell phones, including one belonging to the juvenile which had been given to him by Fults.
The phones were sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) for a forensic analysis. According to the court documents, the phones are still with the TBI waiting to be analyzed.
According to the report, the victim stated that he “slept in the bed with her some.” He stated that sometimes another child was there also, but he said that two or three times it was just him and her.
According to the report, Fults was interviewed, informed of her rights and waived them. She admitted that juvenile slept in the bed, though initially insisting that other children were present also.
She then admitted that it was possible that it might have been just him at times. When asked if the juvenile had touched her breast, she said that maybe by “rolling over in the bed or something.” When asked if she ever put her arm and leg over juvenile, she said yes, but that she did it to her kids all the time. When asked if she ever put a hand on his leg, she said she didn’t do it in a sexual way.
The touching reportedly occurred in October 2014.
According to Moore County Director of Schools Chad Moorehead, Fults had been dismissed as a substitute teacher about three weeks before the allegations surfaced.
On conditions of Fults’ plea to aggravated sexual battery, which is a Class B Felony, she will serve nine years in jail; no contact with the victim; register as a sex offender; and community suspension for life. There is the potential for a 15 percent reduction in jail time based on credits earned and retained.