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SENATOBIA, Miss. -- WREG uncovered more details about a former Mississippi teacher charged with molesting a young student.

Investigators said George Cook fondled a student at Independence High School in Tate County sometime between 2007 and 2008.

He taught at several schools throughout Shelby, Desoto and Tate counties over the years.

There were so many different agencies investigating Cook, they decided to meet at the Tate County Sheriff's Office on Friday to compare notes.

"Today it was the Southaven Police Department, our office, and the District Attorney's Office," Tate County Sheriff Brad Lance said.

Cook, a former health teacher and baseball coach at Hernando High School, was locked up and charged with fondling a student more than seven years ago when he taught at Independence High School.

Police said the girl came forward before, but they did not have enough evidence at the time to arrest Cook.

"Once we were advised that there were some other allegations against Mr. Cook, we looked at our system and found this old case," Lt. Mark Little with the Southaven Police Department explained.

Southaven Police told WREG they were also investigating Cook, and in Hernando, investigators said he admitted to giving two 9th graders his phone number.

He has not been charged for that.

"The different schools that he worked at were discussed in the meeting," Lance said. "Going forward, that's certainly going to be a part of the investigation."

"When you've got somebody who's been in multiple places, law-enforcement agencies have to work together," District Attorney John Champion added.

Someone claiming to be a parent of one of those Hernando students called WREG and told us Cook made inappropriate advances towards his 14-year-old daughter.

Police have not confirmed that.

However, no one was ruling out the possibility of more of Cook's former students coming forward.

"We've got the one case. We'll make sure there aren't more out there," Champion said.

Cook was taken to the Tate County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

He was scheduled to be in court on June 25.

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