Melissa Blair, 38, of Englewood, Tennessee, was arrested and charged with 18 counts of statutory rape, four counts of human trafficking by patronizing prostitution, solicitation of a minor, and forfeiture of personal property WTVC-TV reports.
McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy stated that there are nine confirmed male victims, aged 14 to 17, with incidents occurring from spring 2020 to late 2021 among students at McMinn Central High School.
According to the sources close to the victims' families, Blair offered vape pens in exchange for sex. She communicated with the victims through social media.
The news has shaken up the small town of 1500 residents. The authorities claim there might be more victims, confirming that the investigation started after the police received an anonymous letter.
Blair is not employed in the school, but she was involved in the school's booster club.
One parent of the victim came forward saying:
"I cannot in words describe what it feels like to be going through what we're going through right now. It is every emotion that you can imagine. And none of them happy."
The mother, who chose not to be named, continued:
"People focus mostly on the perpetrator. They don't realize how it devastates a family. How the families are at home, and we don't know what to do next. I have no idea how to go forward with this."
Blair is free, as she posted a $100,000 bond on the day of her arrest. She is scheduled for arraignment on February 28 and banned from all school activities.