A little more than a month after a Greenback School teacher was
arrested for statutory rape and solicitation of sexual exploitation with a minor, an instructor in
Loudon County Schools has been accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a
The teacher works for
Greenback School according to Marian O'Briant, public information officer for Blount County
Director of Schools Jason Vance said he was contacted by a parent this weekend, and
the school district opened an investigation earlier this week.
"I went to the school
immediately Monday morning with our assistant director to make sure we had everything intact and
under way, contacted law enforcement agencies on my way out there, and we are currently working in
conjunction with them in order to investigate the situation thoroughly," Vance said.
not reveal the age, but did later say it was a female employee. He would not say how long the instructor had been an employee with the
Loudon County and Blount County sheriff's offices are currently
investigating the case with assistance from the school system.
"In other situations that
we've had ... there was some hard evidence," Vance said. "We had paper trails of Facebook and things
of that nature. This one did not have that. It was just an accusation, so based upon that accusation
we responded accordingly."
Greenback teacher Angela Gaye Masingo, 39, Lenoir City, was taken
into custody in March 8 for statutory rape and sexual exploitation and was released three days later
with an initial bond set at $80,000.
Vance said that in the more recent incident, the
evidence presented would determine how long the investigation takes place.
"I'm hopeful that
nothing happened," Vance said. "I'm hopeful that we're all clear, but I don't know. We'll
The teacher is currently on administrative leave during the investigation.
is one of those things it's just hard to overcome," Vance said. "If it is true then it's challenging
for the school, and if it's not true it's still challenging for the school because of all the rumors
that are surfacing at this point and time."
See the weekend edition of the News-Herald for
more information on this story.