A stalking charge against a Fort Campbell teacher and coach has been dismissed by a Montgomery County, Tennessee General Sessions judge.
36-year-old John Ryan Cunningham of Cadiz was arrested February 28 and charged with stalking a fellow teacher at Fort Campbell High School. He was arrested a second time for allegedly violating the court order.
In an e-mail to WKDZ/WHVO News, Cunningham said the charge was dismissed, and he is considering legal action of his own against the female teacher who brought the original charge.
“I feel vindicated by the court”, said Cunningham in the e-mail. “But quite frankly it has shaken my faith in the justice system. It is scary that a person can go into Montgomery County Tennessee where people do not know me and swear out a totally false statement and have me arrested. I am grateful for my family, friends, and fellow faculty at Fort Campbell who supported me through this ordeal.”
His attorney, Stephanie Ritchie of Clarksville, was quoted in the e-mail as saying the district attorney refused to prosecute the case due to “a combination of the alleged victim’s own actions and the fact the alleged crime did not occur.”
Cunningham said the charges arose from a “personal disagreement.”
According to the February arrest report, the female victim stated Cunningham was an ex-boyfriend and refused to stop coming to her Clarksville house and continued to contact her at the high school where they both teach, despite being told by school staff to stop. In addition to his teaching duties,
Cunningham serves as both the boys’ soccer head coach and boys’ basketball head coach at Fort Campbell. The e-mail said Cunningham has been rehired to coach both sports next year and he has been contracted to teach at Fort Campbell for the 2011-12 school year.