Angela Gaye Masingo, 39, Lenoir City, was arrested March 8 on charges of solicitation of aggravated statutory rape and solicitation of sexual exploitation of a minor. She is free on bonds totaling $80,000.
During Friday’s preliminary hearing, Blount County Assistant District Attorney Clinton Frazier and Maryville attorney Joe Costner, who is representing Masingo, advised Blount County General Sessions Court Judge Michael A. Gallegos that they’d reached an agreement to reset the hearing. Gallegos reset the hearing for 9 a.m. May 3.
The teacher was charged after it was discovered she was sending inappropriate messages to a juvenile over Facebook, according to Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong and Loudon County Sheriff Tim Guider in a news release.
The Blount County Sheriff’s Office H.E.A.T. (Hi-tech Evidence and Technology) Unit and Loudon County Sheriff’s Office, as part of its Internet Crimes Against Children Tennessee Task Force (ICAC), worked a joint investigation on Masingo, allegedly discovering that Masingo was sending inappropriate messages by way of Facebook to a male student at another high school.
Authorities have not released the age of the male student involved, or identified which high school he attends. It was also not immediately known how long Masingo had allegedly been conversing with the student via Facebook.
Masingo is a Response to Intervention (RTI) teacher, according to the Greenback School website. RTI teachers provide early, systematic assistance to students who are having difficulty learning, though the website did not identify what subject or subjects Masingo teaches.
The teacher’s father, Jerry Masingo, is a Greenback High School math instructor and assistant administrator, according to the school’s website. He previously served as the school’s principal.