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Teacher accused of misconduct with teen student arraigned, hearing set for Sept. 29

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By Joseph P. King II

JACKSBORO—A Campbell County teacher indicted for allegedly attempting to kiss and hug a student was formally arraigned in Campbell County Criminal Court Monday.

Lonnie Vann, 44, was indicted July 19 following an investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation regarding an alleged incident at Coolidge Baptist Church where he is accused of attempting to kiss and hug a 13-year-old girl after supposedly taking her off of school property.

It is also alleged that Vann tampered with evidence by altering images on a surveillance camera at the church.

After the indictment Vann turned himself in to the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office and was released after posting a $10,000 bond.

Following the alleged incident, Vann was placed on an unpaid leave of absence. Dail Cantrell, the legal representative for the school board, said a motion to terminate Vann’s employment is in process because transporting the student off campus violates policy.

However, Vann’s tenure with the school system may make his termination more difficult, Cantrell added.

Vann is being represented by James A.H. Bell of Knoxville.

Vann is next set to appear for a status hearing Sept. 29 in Campbell County Criminal Court.

Vann is charged with solicitation of a minor, sexual battery by an authority figure, tampering with evidence and assault.