A former Williamson County teacher has been indicted for her relationship with a student and is free on $10,000 bail.
A Williamson County grand jury indicted Heather Thorsby on seven counts, including statutory rape and sexual battery by an authority figure. The former Independence High School art teacher is accused of having sexual contact with a female student over a five month period.
Thorsby was suspended without pay after admitting she did not act in a professional manner. She was arrested last May at her parents' home in Franklin.
Police said Thorsby and one of her art students became friends in December of 2006. School officials found out about the relationship when a parent found text messages on the student's cell phone. Police said the inappropriate contact happened at and away from school and was consensual.
"There's some indication there may have been some activity between the two on the school grounds," said Williamson County Sheriff Ricky Headley. "That's something we're currently looking into. The teacher admitted to the principal that there was an inappropriate relationship between her and this student."