More victims and new charges in McMinn Central High sex scandal

Melissa Blair now charged with having sex with 18 students

ATHENS, Tennessee (WDEF) – A grand jury has now returned more counts against a woman accused of having sex with numerous students at McMinn Central High School.

38 year old Melissa Blair was indicted in February on 18 counts of statutory rape and four counts of human trafficking by patronizing prostitution. There were nine male students at that point, ranging in age from 14-17.

But investigators say they have now uncovered 9 more victims.

“Our investigation has continued over the past few months,” said Sheriff Joe Guy, “in which additional victims were identified, and these cases were presented to the June Grand Jury today which resulted in the present indictments against Melissa A Blair.”

The indictments from the June 21 Grand Jury were a total of 20 counts, including:

Solicitation of a Minor (3 Counts)

Solicitation of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor by Electronic Means (4 counts)

Patronizing Prostitution (5 Counts)

Aggravated Statutory Rape (6 counts)

Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

Exploitation of a Minor by Electronic Means

“At the time of these incidents involving Melissa A Blair, the males were between the ages of 15 and 17. It appears in these cases, as before, that Ms. Blair was communicating with the juveniles on social media, arranging meetings with them, and trading items for sexual encounters with them.  These latest 9 victims, added to the 9 victims previously discovered before the February Grand Jury, brings a total number of 18 male juvenile victims in this case.”

Court papers indicate that she gave vape pens with some of the teens.

So the total now is 18 victims and 38 charges.

The school system has banned her from entering any school property as she awaits trial.

The Sheriff says Blair was taken into custody tonight and given a $1 million bond.

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