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      Arrested teacher's license suspended

      Tyler Hutto in court April 1st. / Mark Haggard

      The South Carolina State Board of Education has suspended the teaching license for Tyler Hutto, the former Latta High School band director who was arrested last week and charged with two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor, Second Degree.

      Hutto was arrested Friday. He's out of jail on a $50,000 bond.

      In court Friday afternoon, we learned the incidents involve two students, ages 15 and 16, and occurred between May of 2010 and last week.

      The superintendent of Dillon School District 3, Dr. John Kirby, says Hutto's employment at Latta High School ended Thursday.

      Kirby would not say if Hutto resigned or was terminated.

      In a statement, the State Board of Ed said, "The SCDE has reason to believe that, due to the serious nature of these allegations of misconduct, Mr. Hutto may pose a threat to the health, safety and welfare of students that may be under his instruction and that emergency action is required. After considering the evidence presented by the SCDE, the Chair of the State Board finds that Mr. Hutto's educator certificate shall be summarily suspended until a due process hearing is held and/or this matter is otherwise resolved. The SCDE is directed to serve notice on Mr. Hutto of the summary suspension, as well as the possible suspension or revocation of his educator certificate."

      The SCDE says Hutto has a South Carolina educator certificate and four years teaching experience.

      The SCDE went on to say, "It is alleged that between the months of March 1, 2010 through April 1, 2011, Mr. Hutto committed the offense of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a sixteen year old student. It is also alleged that Mr. Hutto had several nude photographs of the victim on his personal computer. The Chair of the State Board finds that due to the serious nature of these allegations, Mr. Hutto may pose a threat to the safety and welfare of students that may be under his instruction and that emergency action is required to summarily suspend Mr. Hutto's educator certificate."

      Hutto is due back in court on May 31st.

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