National news--Principal Arrested?

National news--Principal Arrested?

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Russellville Mom

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

#1 Jun 11, 2009
I recieved a phone call that saID ON NATIONAL NEWS a MORRISTOWN tENNESSEE PRINCIPAL IS ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ACTS WITH AN 8 YEAR OLD..ANYONE KNOW OF THIS?
Perverts

Utica, KY

#2 Jun 11, 2009
This is the only one I am aware of today.

GREENEVILLE - A retired Claiborne County principal is behind bars after he allegedly showed up at a Morristown motel for what he believed to be a sexual encounter with an 8-year-old girl.

Joseph Wayne Jennings, 53, of New Tazewell was arraigned today by U.S. Magistrate Dennis Inman on a four-count criminal complaint, charging him with various sexual crimes including attempted enticement of a minor for sexual purposes and child pornography charges.

According to a complaint drafted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Helen Smith, Jennings retired in 2007 from the Claiborne County schools district where he worked as a principal at the Clairfield Elementary School.

Smith said Jennings also worked as an instructor for at-risk children through a non-profit program and has been working part-time as a sales clerk for Toys R Us in Knoxville.

According to the complaint, Jennings had been engaging in sexually explicit conversations on the Internet with an Ohio woman in May. She became alarmed when Jennings began telling her about alleged sexual encounters with young girls.

"He was a teacher and principal and had a lot access to underage girls and apparently still does," the woman wrote in a complaint she filed with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

That agency, in turn, determined that the screen name being used by the man with whom the Ohio woman was chatting belonged to Jennings, the complaint alleged.

Knoxville Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Detective Tom Evans was contacted. He eventually took on a personna of a divorced mother with an 8-year-old daughter.

The complaint alleges that when Evans, posing undercover, began chatting online with Jennings, Jennings immediately made inquiry about having sex with the 8-year-old phantom girl.

Jennings was arrested Wednesday after he showed up at the Holiday Inn in Morristown. The complaint alleges he brought a video camera and a digital camera to record the encounter he allegedly expected.

Inman ordered him held without bond pending a Tuesday detention hearing.

More details as they develop online and in Friday's News Sentinel.

Since: Nov 08

Morristown

#3 Jun 11, 2009
Damn, "to catch a predator" right here in our own back yard.
Russellville Mom

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

#4 Jun 11, 2009
Ok--I see how Mo-town got sucked up into it. He was caught here. All I can say is you got to hand it to the Morristown City, Hamblen County, And State Men in Blue--excellent job!! Mechanically inclined--have you ever looked at the registered predators we have in our "back yard" its sickening..........just think how many aren't registered..........thanks 4 the correct info..........
confused

Powell, TN

#6 Jun 11, 2009
How the H did he think she was gonna get there, DRIVE??? He's gotta be one stupid perv!!!

“*wicked*”

Since: Mar 09

Morristown, TN

#7 Jun 11, 2009
confused wrote:
How the H did he think she was gonna get there, DRIVE??? He's gotta be one stupid perv!!!
Aren't most perv's stupid?(laughs)
disgusted

Morristown, TN

#8 Jun 11, 2009
confused wrote:
How the H did he think she was gonna get there, DRIVE??? He's gotta be one stupid perv!!!
Confused - that was my first reaction to the headline, but go back and read the article.

The idiot was chatting with 'a divorced mother'- so the way I understand it, he THOUGHT he found one sick momma willing to facilitate a meeting with him and her daughter.

This world get sicker everyday!!
hamblencountycit izen

Talbott, TN

#9 Jun 11, 2009
Russellville Mom wrote:
I recieved a phone call that saID ON NATIONAL NEWS a MORRISTOWN tENNESSEE PRINCIPAL IS ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ACTS WITH AN 8 YEAR OLD..ANYONE KNOW OF THIS?
Hope you corrected the person who instigated this lie and gave them the true facts.
Looking In

Madison, TN

#10 Jun 12, 2009
hamblencountycitizen wrote:
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Hope you corrected the person who instigated this lie and gave them the true facts.
Are you implying that there is such a thing as 'false' facts?

Since: May 09

Location hidden

#11 Jun 12, 2009
Looking In wrote:
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Are you implying that there is such a thing as 'false' facts?
Only if you are running for President:)))
Idiotic

AOL

#12 Jun 12, 2009
Hamblen County Citizen wrote:
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Only if you are running for President:)))
Only in Hamblen Co could this amount of stupidity be found! God, get a life and a job and buy a clue.
Looking In

Madison, TN

#13 Jun 13, 2009
Idiotic wrote:
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Only in Hamblen Co could this amount of stupidity be found! God, get a life and a job and buy a clue.
Did someone put razor blades in your wheaties?

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