KNOXVILLE – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has obtained indictments for a middle school teacher accused of inappropriate contact with a student.
At the request of 8th District Attorney General Lori Phillips-Jones, TBI Special Agents, along with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, began investigating Lonnie Vann on November 4, 2013. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that on October 22, 2013, while working as a teacher at LaFollette Middle School, Vann took a 13-year-old student off school property to Coolidge First Baptist Church. While in the church building, Vann hugged the juvenile and attempted to kiss her, both without consent. Investigators further developed information that Vann tampered with evidence in the case by altering images on a recording device at the church.
On July 9th, the Campbell County Grand Jury returned indictments for Vann, charging the 43-year-old with Solicitation of a Minor, Tampering with Evidence, and Assault. Today, Vann turned himself into the Campbell County Jail, where he was later released after posting $10,000 bond.