Former educator and Lafayette resident Steven C. Snyder, age 24, has been indicted in Trousdale County and Macon County amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Snyder turned himself in on February 23rd to authorities.
Snyder reported to the Trousdale County Sheriffs Department and was booked on ten counts of sexual battery by an authority figure and eight counts of solicitation of a minor. Authorities in Macon County also booked Snyder on 12 counts of statutory rape by an authority figure and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor. He posted bond, which was set at $10,000, in Trousdale County, and his bond in Macon County was set at $10,000 as well.
Snyder was a former teacher in the Trousdale County School System. Trousdale County Director of Schools, Clint Satterfield, said, “The safety of students is our first concern. A student reported inappropriate actions to a staff member, who immediately reported to the principal. The principal immediately reported the allegations to the Director of Schools. The school district immediately contacted local law enforcement and the Department of Children Services.”
Satterfield indicated that Mr. Snyder was suspended without pay on February 3rd and that Snyder submitted his formal letter of resignation on February 9th.
Trousdale County Sherriff Ray Russell indicated that the investigation began with one of his detectives, who later contacted the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. That investigation also led to further actions in Macon County.
Snyder is a 2009 graduate of Macon County High School and a 2013 graduate of Lee University and ran cross country and track for both schools. He had volunteered to help the MCHS track team before being hired by Trousdale County.
Snyder is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on March 4, 2015.