Greenback teacher is in custody after an investigation revealed she
was sending inappropriate messages to a male student at another high
school, authorities said.
Gaye Masingo, 39, Lenoir City, was arrested Friday morning on charges
of solicitation of aggravated statutory rape and solicitation of
sexual exploitation of a minor. She was being held Saturday night in
the Blount County Detention Facility in lieu of $80,000 pending a 9
a.m. March 15 hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court.
County Sheriff James Lee Berrong and Loudon County Sheriff Tim Guider
said in a news release that the Greenback school teacher was charged
after it was discovered she was sending inappropriate messages to a
juvenile over Facebook.
the past few days, the Blount County Sheriff’s Office H.E.A.T.
(Hi-tech Evidence and Technology) Unit, along with the Loudon County
Sheriff’s Office, as part of its Internet Crimes Against Children
Tennessee Task Force, worked a joint investigation on Masingo.
It was discovered Masingo was sending inappropriate messages by way
of Facebook to a male student at another high school.
took Masingo into custody Friday morning.
have not released the age of the male student involved, or identified
which high school he attends. It was also not immediately known how
long Masingo had allegedly been conversing with the student via
is a Response to Intervention teacher, according to the
Greenback School website. RTI teachers provide early, systematic
assistance to students who are having difficulty learning, though the
website did not identify what subject or subjects Masingo teaches.
County Director of Schools Jason Vance said the school is working
with authorities and is conducting its own investigation.
are fully cooperating with local authorities with the investigation,”
Vance said. “Masingo is suspended pending an investigation — both
ours, Loudon and Blount County Sheriff’s offices.”
added that no further decisions will be made until these
investigations have been wrapped up.
Blount County, Loudon County and we have completed our
investigations, we will decide how to proceed,” Vance said. “I
expect all our staff to behave in a professional manner and
our students to be safe at all times.”
Trexler of the Loudon County News-Herald contributed to this report.