The former teacher charged last month with raping a 12-year-old was arrested for harassing and stalking a teenage victim.
And, in a call recorded by police, she told the victim she’s pregnant.
McCommon was originally arrested on Sept. 8. The conditions of her $25,000 bond state she is not permitted to have contact with the victim or any minor other than her own children.
On Sept. 26, the police department learned McCommon was using a new phone number to contact a victim.
She reportedly texted the victim a previously established code word to confirm they were alone, which she used to do before sending nude photographs through Snapchat, and sent multiple text messages to the victim indicating they would “regret doing this.”
McCommon, using the same number, also admitted to a sexual encounter with the victim.
During a bond revocation hearing Tuesday in General Sessions Court, the text messages she is accused of sending the victim.
“This was a mistake, this is my burden,” the messages, read by Detective Tony Doss, said. “OMG delete this number, please don’t get me in trouble …”
The victim and his mother went to police after the text messages. They set up a call to record the interaction.
In a clip of the phone call played in court Tuesday, McCommon told the victim, “What do you mean last year? You know good [and] well you were with me in August …
“I’m just really scared. I don’t even know if it’s you or not… I will never text you again. You will never hear from me again, just please don’t say anything …
“I’m going to raise this baby. I can do this …”
Two days after the call took place, McCommon was arrested at her Covington home. She was charged with coercion of a witness, aggravated stalking, tampering with evidence, and harassment.
McCommon’s bond was revoked and she will remain in custody at the Tipton County Jail. The judge also ordered a mental evaluation.
General Sessions Judge Bill Peeler has recused himself from presiding over the case due to a conflict of interest. McCommon’s husband worked in the sheriff’s office’s Civil Division, which is in the courtrooms.
“The actions of McCommon are not only appalling, but [Covington Police Department] is also concerned about this apparent violation of her bond conditions,” said Covington Police Chief Donna Turner. “Due to the nature of the communications, we are concerned others may have been contacted. We will … aggressively prosecute the additional charges that continue to develop.”
District Attorney General Mark Davidson said this sends the right message about protecting victims and their family and not allowing continuing criminal conduct.
McCommon’s defense attorney, Jere Mason, said she is struggling due to all of the stress involved with the case.
This investigation continues to develop related to victims in similar circumstances. When she was initially arrested three weeks ago, Turner said the 38-year-old could be facing additional charges.
McCommon, who was employed as a fourth grade teacher at the time of her arrest, submitted her resignation in the week after her arrest. The school board could not terminate her because the district’s dismissal of teachers is construed by statutory law.
If your child has been contacted by an unknown number, CPD can check that information for you and would like to in order to ensure that such abuse does not continue. Please contact the Covington Police Department CID at 901-475-1261.
Tips can also be sent through the Covington Police Department Facebook messenger or the City of Covington website.