Red Boiling Springs High School Agriculture instructor Phillip Daniel Dean, age 35, of Lafayette, was arrested on one count of theft of property and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor on Friday, May 20, after he allegedly took his students to a property on Union Camp Road to assist him in stealing two steel beams for the purpose of selling them to a local scrap yard for profit.

A warrant for Dean’s arrest was issued on May 20th following a theft investigation executed by Macon County Sheriff’s Department Detective Matt Looper.

According to reports, Dean had, on two separate occasions, taken students with him during school hours to look at steel ‘I’ beams on Union Camp Road that belonged to Dewight Gass and Debra Krumme.

During the second trip to the location on May 16, 2011, Dean allegedly had the students assist him in taking two of the four steel beams and transporting them to the Macon County Recycling Center, where they were sold for $228. The actual replacement value of the two beams is $800.

Two of the students involved were under the age of 18, and none of them had permission to leave campus. When asked by Detective Looper, why they went, the students responded that their teacher, Phillip Dean, asked them to.

According to Red Boiling Springs High School Principal Don Jones, Dean has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

“It’s disheartening,” Jones said of the situation. “You expect the best of people, and sometimes you just don’t get it.”

Dean has been an Agriculture instructor at RBS High School for the past two years and also served a football coach prior to his resignation. He is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on June 15, 2011.