Melissa Blair is a woman from Tennessee that has just been charged with multiple counts of rape involving high school students. According to police reports Melissa Blair had sexual relations with at least nine high school students and afterwards she would give them gifts such as vape pens. Well pretty soon the whole high school knew what was going on and Melissa Blair would be arrested and charged with 18 counts of aggravated statutory rape, four counts of human trafficking by patronizing prostitution, and one count of forfeiture of personal property.
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An Englewood woman posted bail after being indicted on charges regarding sexually assaulting nine high school students, according to McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy
The woman, Melissa Blair, 38, was indicted on 23 total charges, 18 of which were for aggravated statutory rape, four counts of human trafficking by patronizing prostitution, and one count of solicitation of a minor, officials released Tuesday afternoon.
The Department of Children’s Services notified detectives on Dec. 9 that Blair had sexual encounters with male juveniles who were students at McMinn Central High School.
A search warrant was executed at Blair’s residence on Dec. 15 by the McMinn County Sheriff’s Office. She was then banned from school property and activities.
“The search warrant revealed additional evidence, and our investigation grew larger as more parents and victims contacted us,” Sheriff Guy said.
According to the sheriff, there were nine confirmed victims, all juveniles at the time. Two are now adults, officials said. The incidents range in date from Spring 2020 to late 2021, according to Guy.
“We suspect there may be additional juvenile victims, and we encourage them or their parents to contact us,” Sheriff Guy said. “There may possibly be other victims who are now adults, and we also encourage them to contact us.”
Blair set up meetings with the victims through social media and offered trading items for sexual favors, said Guy.
Director of McMinn County Schools Lee Parkison said that Blair was involved in booster clubs with the school, “just like most parents involved with the school,” but did not work for the school in an official capacity. Blair had a student enrolled at the school that later transferred, according to Parkison.
“When you’re dealing with kids and families and communities, it’s just part of it,” said Parkison. “It’s just part of the job. We just happen to hit these rough spots pretty close together.”
McMinn County Schools representative and School Counselor Supervisor Lori Hutchinson provided a statement on the situation, saying the school system plans to offer services for students.
She had a $100,000 bond which she paid and was released Tuesday evening. Her next court appearance will be held on Feb. 28.
The investigation remains active and ongoing.