McMinn Co. woman faces additional statutory rape charges, 9 more victims identified

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MCMINN CO., Tennessee (WVLT) – Melissa Blair, 38, who previously faced numerous charges related to sex with minors, has now been charged with additional charges, according to a statement from the McMinn County Sheriff, JoeGuy.

The charges were added as nine new victims were identified, for a total of 18 victims. The McMinn County grand jury convened on June 21 and charged Blair with a total of 20 counts of sexual abuse. The fees are:

  • Solicitation of a minor (3 counts)
  • Solicitation of sexual exploitation of a minor by electronic means (4 counts)
  • Condescending prostitution (5 counts)
  • Aggravated statutory rape (6 counts)
  • Sexual exploitation of a minor
  • Exploitation of a minor by electronic means

The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services received a referral on Dec. 9, 2021, which alerted them that Blair was having sex with male students at McMinn Central High School, according to Guy’s report.

All of these incidents occurred from spring 2020 to late 2021, according to the report. At the time, all the victims were between 15 and 17 years old.

An investigation began immediately, and additional information and victims were identified. All of these incidents occurred from spring 2020 to late 2021, according to the report. At the time, all the victims were between 15 and 17 years old. Blair allegedly spoke with the victims on social media, arranged to meet them and traded “items for sexual encounters”.

The McMinn County grand jury convened on February 15 to indict Melissa Blair on numerous charges. She was sentenced to McMinn County Jail on Tuesday night and faces $100,000 bond.

McMinn County Schools Superintendent Lee Parkinson served Blair with a letter barring him from all McMinn County school property or any school activity. This ban remains in effect with the new charges.

“I would also like to express my gratitude for the cooperation of the Principal of Schools, Lee Parkinson and the District Attorney General, Steve Crump and his office for their assistance in this matter. We all share a common desire for the safety and well-being of our schools and our students,” Guy said in his report.

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