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Former Hampton teacher charged with statutory rape of ex-pupil; 2nd sex-related charge involving minor in week

April 17th, 2013 10:35 pm by John Thompson

Former Hampton teacher charged with statutory rape of ex-pupil; 2nd sex-related charge involving minor in week

ELIZABETHTON — Former Hampton Elementary School teacher Kelly Andrae Smith was arrested Wednesday by the Carter County Sheriff's Department on a charge of aggravated statutory rape. It was the second time in a week that Smith had been arrested.
Smith, 30, was arrested last week on charges of solicitation of a person under 18 years of age and solicitation of a minor to observe sexual conduct.
Sheriff Chris Mathes said the latest arrest stems from the continuing investigation of Smith's activities. Mathes said that during the investigation a second juvenile, age 16, came forward and alleged to have had sexual relations with Smith in December.
Mathes said his investigators executed multiple search warrants, including a search of Smith's residence. The sheriff said evidence was uncovered corroborating the second victim's allegations.
Mathes said the second victim had been a student of Smith's at Hampton Elementary School, and it is believed he engaged in an ongoing relationship with the juvenile going back to when the child was in the 6th grade.
The 13-year-old alleged victim from last week's arrest was also a student of Smith's.
Mathes said the investigation also led to the recovery of a stolen SKS assault rifle stolen out of Knoxville.
Smith is being held on the latest charge with bond set at $20,000.

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