October 3, 2008
The Greene County Sheriff's Office has arrested a woman in connection with the inappropriate contact with students investigation at William Monroe High School.
39-year-old Tammy Harlow Cox is facing two charges of having sex with a child while in a supervisory or custodial relationship. She is also facing three charges of encouraging acts of sex between children.
A search warrant served earlier this week indicated Cox allegedly used a cell phone to communicate with student athletes at William Monroe.
“I am aware that the sheriffs office investigated some allegations and conducted some interviews based on the results of those investigations the officers sought and obtained these warrants and the magistrate issued the warrants some time this morning,” said Ron Morris, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Greene County.
She allegedly used profane, threatening or indecent language over the phone when talking to the students.
School officials said the woman texted high school students, and three of them were under the age of 18 but over the age of 15.
According to the warrant school officials told the sheriff's department that the three students,
"....received or viewed a "text" message involving indecent language... and that they also received or viewed "text" messages that have strong sexual content,"
The document goes on to say that the three students,
"...viewed a picture sent where she exposes her full face and breast."
The investigation stemmed from a separate school investigation into allegations of hazing on the football team. Details of the hazing incident have not been released. Two students were disciplined and at least one was removed from the football team. The hazing investigation was conducted by the school district and law enforcement were initially involved.
“We followed our harassment or hazing policy exactly as it was stated in the policy and the sheriffs office concluded that it should have been investigated and we're fine with that, but we followed our policy as written,” said David Jeck, Superintendent, Greene County Public Schools.
The Sheriff's Department is now looking into the hazing. The department says any assault on school grounds is required to be reported to local law enforcement.
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