Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-12-03 19:03:14 –
Maryville, Tennessee (WATE) — A teacher and assistant football coach at Heritage High School has been arrested by the FBI as part of a covert operation to find a child predator.
According to criminal accusations, John Morrow “intentionally transferred obscene material to minors, attempted to produce child pornography, and attempted to seduce minors.”
A school in Blount County confirmed that Morrow was arrested and suspended unpaid until the results of the investigation were available. They will not comment further for the investigation, but add that they are fully cooperating with law enforcement agencies and are “eager to provide care and safety to all students.” increase.
According to criminal accusations, the FBI Knoxville field office received information about the operation of child predators from the FBI office in Philadelphia last week.
According to investigators, Morrow sent a message to a masked investigator disguised as a 12-year-old girl in the Kik app. Agents claim that Morrow introduced himself as a 50-year-old East Tennessee High School football coach.
Through communication, Morrow sent pornographic material to an undercover investigator who believed he was a minor, asking her to share sexually explicit material with him.
Complaints state that many of the exchanged messages occurred during normal class hours.
The FBI said it was able to track Kik accounts to the email address associated with Morrow’s LinkedIn page.
In a complaint, the agent said, “Based on my training and experience, the subject knows the age of the individual he is talking to, so it is illegal to engage in sexual activity with a minor. I know. “
Morrow first appeared in front of a federal judge on Thursday.
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