Zachary Meadors, 28, was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a male student at Freedom Middle School. He was found dead on Wednesday
The Georgia middle school teacher who was accused of having sex with a male student has been found dead, according to police reports.
Zachary Meadors, 28, was found dead in a vehicle on the 1200 block of Scenic Highway around 5.15pm on Wednesday, a Gwinnet County police news release stated.
The Lawrenceville resident appeared to have suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Meadors had been accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a male student at Freedom Middle School.
He was facing charges of child molestation, computer pornography and child exploitation.
The man hadn’t been seen since the afternoon of October 13. His father reported him missing two days later, according to a Gwinnett County Police report obtained by 11 Alive.
Meadors’ father informed police that his son was under investigation for the relationship and his phone had been taken away.
The DeKalb County School District teacher had been missing since October 13, after he had his phone confiscated by local police in connection to the allegations
Surveillance camera footage showed him fleeing his family’s Lawrenceville home but not before placing letters and an iPad on the front porch stoop.
According to his father, one of the letters was addressed to an individual and included an apology from Meadors for all the ‘chaos’ he caused.
The second letter was made out to family and apologized for ‘the image they may have of him now’. The third included clear instructions for the teacher’s finances.
Meadors is said to have left three letters on his family’s Lawrenceville porch: an apology to an individual, another addressed to family and a third about his finances
Police took the letters as evidence.
The DeKalb county school district released a statement stating that they were ‘angered and disappointed to learn of the allegations’.
‘The safety of our students is a top priority, and we are determined to protect them, under any circumstances, from harm,’ the statement added.
‘The community should know that the district will take whatever steps necessary to meet that standard. DCSD Public Safety officers are investigating the allegations in this case. Meanwhile, parents and staff can take comfort in knowing the employee has been removed from campus and directed not to have contact with our students. We are determined to find the truth and to correct any misconduct that is found to have occurred.’
Meadors is technically still employed with the district.