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Georgia School Teacher Accused Of Sexually Abusing Sixth Grader Found Dead

After being accused of carrying on an inappropriate relationship with a 12-year-old student, police say English teacher Zachary Meadors fatally shot himself.

By Ethan Harfenist

A Georgia school teacher alleged to have carried on an illicit romantic relationship with a middle school student was found dead earlier this week after being charged with multiple offenses related to the tryst.

Zachary Meadors, a 28-year-old native of Lawrenceville, is believed to have died from “an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Gwinnett County police said in a press release issued Wednesday.

The English teacher was accused of carrying on a sexual relationship with a male sixth grader at Freedom Middle School in Stone Mountain. He was charged with child molestation, computer pornography, and child exploitation, according to local Atlanta outlet WSB-TV.

Meadors was last seen on Oct. 13, according to police — a day after he was put on leave without pay by his school, WSB-TV reports. The school then sent a letter out to students’ parents in order to notify them of the investigation.

Three days after he was put on leave, a 12-year-old boy reportedly asked to talk with a guidance counselor about the teacher, the outlet reports.  

Meadors was reported missing on Monday, according to police. The same day, he was scheduled to have a meeting with school staff at the district’s headquarters to discuss the accusations against him, but he never arrived.

Prior to vanishing, Meadors delivered three letters and one iPad to his parents’ house in Lawrenceville, according to a missing person report obtained by Oxygen.com. The letters were said to contain apologies for all the “chaos” his actions spurred, as well as instructions on how to handle his finances.

[Gwinnett County Police Department]