Brave Boy Testifies After Learning Teacher Charged With Raping Him at 12 Is Pregnant With His Child

Alissa McCommon
Alissa McCommon seen being arrested on Sept. 8 (left) and Sept. 28 (right), and in court on Nov. 27 (right).CPD

The boy took the stand just a few weeks after Alissa McCommon told him while out on bail that she is pregnant with his child, an infraction that resulted in her second arrest.

A Tennessee school teacher and the student accusing her of raping him at the age of 12 both appeared in court on Monday.

Former fourth-grade teacher Allissa McCommon, 38, looked despondent as she arrived in court for a preliminary hearing where the judge heard testimony from three witnesses, including the teenager at the center of the case according to Fox 13.

That boy, who is now 15, took the stand just a few weeks after McCommon told him while out on bail that she is pregnant with his child, an infraction that resulted in her second arrest.

The judge cleared the courtroom for that testimony, and also heard from a Walmart employe who provided information about a phone that was allegedly sold to McCommon while she was out on bail, and a police detective with the Covington Police Department (CPD).

After hearing from those three witnesses, the judge ruled that enough probable cause existed for all of the charges to be bound over to the action of a Tipton County Grand Jury.

McCommon is charged with rape of a child, illegal contact with a victim, coercion of a victim, stalking and tampering with evidence). She has not yet entered a plea, but she and her lawyer spent part of Monday's hearing arguing about the age of the victim being 13 and not 12 according to District Attorney General Mark Davidson.

In the state of Tennessee, the punishment is greater for raping a child under the age of 13.

The CPD first arrested McCommon in September following an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.

Photos from that arrest show her stunned husband looking on as his wife is taken to jail.

"Multiple juvenile victims have come forth stating that they were befriended by their former teacher, McCommon, who began playing video games with them, and then further engaged with them through mobile phone social media apps, which led to her allegedly sending inappropriate photographs and requesting sexual relations with the victims," the CPD said in a statement following the arrest.

There is "no evidence that any of the alleged activities occurred on any school campus," according to the CPD, who also claim that "McCommon admitted to communicating inappropriately with former students."

McCommon posted bail after that first arrest but found herself back in custody just a few weeks later after she allegedly contacted one of her victims shortly after being released on bail ahead of her trial.

"The evidence indicates McCommon texted a victim, using a specific code word known to the juvenile as a code word McCommon would previously utilize to confirm that the juvenile was alone, often before sending nude photographs on SnapChat," said the CPD in a statement at the time. "After using the code word on 28 September 2023, the evidence indicates McCommon sent multiple text messages to victim indicating he would 'regret doing this.' McCommon, using the same number, also admitted to a sexual encounter with the victim."

The judge on Monday said McCommon would continue to be held without bond ahead of her trial and ordered a mental health evaluation.

“The actions of McCommon are not only appalling, but CPD is also concerned about this apparent violation of her bond conditions. Due to the nature of the communications, we are concerned others may have been contacted," said Covington Police Chief Donna Turner. “We continue to work closely with the District Attorneys’ Office as to the revocation of McCommon’s bond, as well as the additional charges that continue to develop.”

The investigation into McCommon began when law enforcement learned that she had been "suspended without pay from her position by Tipton County Schools due to the allegations," according to the CPD.

That investigation is ongoing according to the CPD, who are not releasing any specific details due to the age of the victim and other possible victims but did say that "additional charges are expected."

Court records obtained by Inside Edition Digital show that McCommon is accused of violating Tennessee Code § 39-13-522, rape of a child. That is defined under Tennessee law as "the unlawful sexual penetration of a victim by the defendant or the defendant by a victim, if the victim is more than three (3) years of age but less than thirteen (13) years of age."

If convicted, McCommon would face a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison. 

“Covington Police Department Detectives continue to investigate this terrible exploitation and abuse of these young boys," Chief Turner said after McCommon's initial arrest. "We expect to also develop the investigation to determine accountability of other adults in the case, including those who were aware of the abuse, and those who allowed or provided locations for such illegal acts to occur."

Turner also said that she had spoken with the US Attorney’s Office and intends to "pursue any appropriate federal charges related to the sexual exploitation of these victims utilizing cellphones, inappropriate relations, and activities across jurisdictional State lines."

Turner concluded her remarks by stating: "We will prosecute this case to the fullest and will continue to support the victims and their families during all aspects of the investigation."

This is a joint investigation between the CPD and the Tipton County Sheriff's Office, with Mark E. Davidson, the district attorney general for Tennessee's 25th Judicial District, assigned to prosecute the case.


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