A Creekview High School drama and English teacher has been arrested and charged with two counts of sexual assault following allegations that he conducted a sexual relationship with a student.
Matthew Tamanini, 31, of Canton, allegedly had the affair with the 16-year-old student over a four month period, according to the Cherokee Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office believes at least two sexual assaults occurred on the Creekview campus itself.
These assaults on campus caused the Sheriff's Office to charge Tamanini with two counts of sexual assault against a person in custody.
According to the Cherokee County School District, Creekview High School Principal Adrian Thomas was notified of the relationship on Tuesday and alerted the district's police department. Superintendent Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo authorized an internal investigation, which allowed school police to inform the Sheriff's Office about the misconduct. The Sheriff's Office began their investigation Wednesday morning.
Tamanini was hired by the school district to teach at Creekview in May, 2007. Tamanini is currently being held at the Cherokee Adult Detention Center without bond and is scheduled to go before a magistrate judge Wednesday.
This is the second such incident involving a Creekview High School teacher in the past two months; on Nov. 28, 2012, special education teacher Blake Bearden was arrested for allegedly conducting a three month long sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student.