former Sweetwater High School in-school suspension
teacher has pleaded guilty in Monroe County Criminal
Court to two counts of solicitation of a minor,
receiving an 11-month, 29-day suspended sentence.
Monroe County sentence for 31-year-old Cedric Holmes
of Loudon will run concurrent with a three-year
suspended sentence he received for pleading guilty
to aggravated statutory rape charge stemming from
the same case in Loudon County earlier this
month.Holmes is to have no contact with the victims
in the case. Holmes will be placed on the sexual
offender registry and will receive counseling.
Holmes was arrested last May.
6-foot-5 inch, 240-pound Holmes was a volunteer
assistant basketball coach at SHS. Monroe County
Director of Schools Mike Lowry said Holmes began
working for the school system in August 2007 as a
non-certified employee and had passed all the
background checks school employees must go through.
“There were no red flags,” Lowry said at the time of
Holmes’ arrest. Sweetwater Police Detective John
Scruggs on May 13, 2008 received information of
inappropriate sexual contact between Holmes and
underage female students, investigators said.
Scruggs, Chief Eddie Byrum and Detective Marty Kyle
said they determined Holmes had sexual intercourse
with a female SHS student but the sex had occurred
in Loudon County, SPD said in a press release upon
Holmes’ arrest last year.
Detective Patrick Upton of the Loudon County
Sheriff’s Office was notified and immediately
conducted his own investigation resulting in the
charge of aggravated statutory rape in Loudon