TBI: Campbell Co. teacher took girl off campus, tried to kiss her

(WBIR- July 14, 2014) A Campbell County teacher is charged after investigators say he took a teenage girl off campus and attempted to kiss her at a church.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), Lonnie Vann, 43, is charged with Solicitation of a Minor, Tampering with Evidence, and Assault.

He turned himself into the Campbell County jail on Monday and was released on a $10,000 bond.

Vann was teaching at LaFollette Middle School in October 2013 when investigators learned that left campus with the 13-year-old female student. He took her to a church five miles away, where investigators said Vann hugged the teen and attempted to kiss her without consent.

Authorities also learned that Vann tampered with the security camera at the church in at attempt to conceal his actions.

Vann is still a school employee, according to school's attorney Dail Cantrell, but he has been suspended without pay since the incident last year, and has not been allowed on campus. Now that Vann is charged, Cantrell says he will be terminated.

School officials first alerted the Campbell County Sheriff''s Office when they saw security footage of Vann leaving campus with the student.


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