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OBION COUNTY, TN — A former teacher who was forced to resign amid statutory rape accusations is suing the former student who accused her.
Last month, 48-year-old Mary Beth McManus was arrested and charged with three counts of statutorily raping a 16-year-old student in 2012.
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On Tuesday, McManus filed a lawsuit against her accuser who is now an adult, and the accuser’s girlfriend.
The lawsuit says the student was a junior in 2011 at Obion County Central High School and taking McManus’ Spanish class.
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During that time, the suit says, McManus learned that the student’s parents had passed away and she was now living with her adult brother. The student told McManus that her brother treated her badly and that she was unhappy living in his home.
In May 2012, the student was allowed to move in with McManus and her family.
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The suit says the student then graduated high school and, with financial help from the McManus family, was able to attend Middle Tennessee State University. The student graduated with an undergraduate degree in biology, and decided to remain at Middle Tennessee State University to pursue a master’s degree in biology. The McManuses continued to financially support the student as she continued her education.
Sometime shortly before April 2018, the suit says, the student began dating a woman, who moved from Alabama into the student’s apartment.
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