PERQUIMANS COUNTY, NC-- A former teacher and coach at Perquimans County High School is due in court Wednesday on a chargeof statutory rape.

According to Sheriff Eric Tilley,Harrell Garrett Thach, 57, of Emerald Isle, NCwas chargedMonday for an alleged incident with a 14-year-old student in Perquimans County 16 years ago.

The Perquimans Weekly reportsThach worked forPerquimans schools from August 1983 until June 2004. He was a teacher and athletic director andalso coachedthe high school football and track teams.

The paper also reports Thach has resigned his job asateacher at New Bern High School.

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