A substitute teacher at Morristown-Hamblen West High School has turned himself in to Morristown police following an alleged inappropriate sexual contact with a freshman female student at the school Friday, April 5.
Brendon Brown, 25, is charged with sexual contact with a minor-sexual contact by an authority figure. He turned himself into investigators and is being held on a $10,000.
Dr. Jeff Perry, superintendent of Hamblen County Schools, said they became aware of the situation, notified law enforcement and took steps to ensure Brown would not be on school property or at a school event.
“In conjunction with this situation or any other situation, we want students to come to a counselor, a school official or any other adult to notify us that any school official, coach or sponsor has done anything that seems to be inappropriate,” Perry said. “We request those individuals bring that information to us as soon as possible, because the more time that goes by, the more difficult it is for us to collect information and then to take the necessary actions.
“That initial reporting piece can always be confidential and students can be in a safe environment when doing that reporting.”
Last month, a West High teacher, Bradley Bays, resigned his position after allegations of inappropriate messages to former students arose. Perry submitted information in the Bays case to the state for teacher license review purposes.