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Tennessee woman charged with raping at least 9 students;  community rocked by allegations: report


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According to a report, members of a Tennessee community expressed shock and outrage last week after a 38-year-old woman was accused of using vape pens and other enticements to incite local high school students to have sex with her.

Melissa Blair, of Englewood, was arrested and charged with soliciting a minor, 18 counts of statutory rape, four counts of human trafficking by promoting prostitution and forfeiture of personal property, WTVC reported- Chattanooga, TN TV.

There were at least nine victims, aged 14 to 17 at the time of the alleged crimes and attending the same high school, the station reported.

Authorities believe there are more victims, McMinn County District Attorney Steve Crump told the station.

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“Parents need to talk to their children to express themselves because it’s not right. It’s really, really not right,” Englewood resident Christie Teague told the station, reacting to allegations against Blair.

Melissa Blair is facing sex crimes charges, authorities say.
(McMinn County Court)

“I would be livid if this happened to my kids,” Teague added.

“It’s not just about putting an abuser behind bars,” the mother of one of the teenagers, who requested anonymity, told the station. “It’s about healing families.”

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After his arrest, Blair was on bail Tuesday night with his next court date set for February 28, WTVC reported. She was ordered to stay away from school and have no contact with teenagers, according to the report.

Fox News sent an after-hours message seeking comment from Knoxville attorney Robert Kurtz, who allegedly represented Blair.

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