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Charles Abernathy

A Robertson County school resource officer was arrested Friday on charges of sexual battery by an authority figure, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. According to TBI, Charles Logan Abernathy, a Cross Plains police officer, was on-duty at East Robertson High School when he committed sexual battery of a minor victim on Aug. 11 while serving as the minor victim’s school resource officer.

Abernathy was arrested Friday afternoon in Portland, Tenn., by TBI special agents with help from the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team and the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office.

He was charged with five counts of sexual battery by an authority figure and was booked into the Robertson County Jail on a $200,000 bond, according to TBI.

The investigation, which began Wednesday, was done at the request of 19th District Attorney General John Carney.

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