February 9, 2005
McMINNVILLE (AP and WATE) -- A Warren County elementary teacher has been charged with 28 counts alleging she had a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old boy, one of her students.
Twenty-seven-year-old Pamela Rogers Turner was arrested this week. Prosecutors said investigators believe some of the offenses happened at Centertown Elementary and some at the boy's home.
Authorities say the sex was consensual. Conviction on all counts could be punished by up to 100 years in prison.
Investigators say the relationship began in November 2004 and ended in January.
"It concerns me being a parent," Laura Medley says. "I've got two kids. One attended Centertown Elementary last year. Both my kids loved Pam, and honestly, it's really shocking."
Turner's husband, the boys basketball coach at Warren County High School, filed for divorce in January citing inappropriate marital conduct.
Turner is the daughter of Lamar Rogers, a high school basketball coach in Clarkrange who's won numerous state championships.
She teaches physical education and coached girls basketball at Centertown Elementary, but has been suspended.
Turner was born and raised in Banner Springs, a community so small it doesn't don't even have a stop light. But she spent most of her days and went to high school in the nearby town of Clarkrange.
At the grocery store in Clarkrange, people are talking. Down the street at the gas station, the whispers continue. People say Pamela Rogers Turner came from a good family, went to college at Tennessee Tech and played basketball there.
"If she done it, I say they better lock her up and keep her up where she can't get back up anymore and spend a lifetime in a four by six cell to think of it," Robert Kerley says.
But Amanda Pullins disagrees. "I always thought she was really nice and I don't see her doing something like that."
Anna Norris says Turner had promise."I think she missed her whole goal in life because this is going to change her life forever."
Turner was named "Ms. Monday Nitro" during broadcasts by World Championship Wrestling from spring break in Florida in 1997.
She's free on bond and living with her father in Fentress County.
Turner's arraignment is set for February 23rd in Warren County. She's expected to plead not guilty.
If there's a trial, it could take up to a year due to a backlog of criminal cases.
6 News Anchor/Reporter Yvonne Nava contributed to this report. Some portions of this report, copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.