Sex offender indicted for sexual exploitation

Sex offender indicted for sexual exploitation

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Jeffrey Donald Keith (Source: KCSO) Jeffrey Donald Keith (Source: KCSO)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A registered sex offender living in Knox County was arrested Thursday after a grand jury handed down an indictment Wednesday on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor, perjury and violating the sex offender registry.

Jeffrey Donald Keith, 43, a registered sex offender convicted in Rhea County in 1998 for criminal attempt of aggravated sexual battery of a 10-year-old, was recently indicted for sexual exploitation of a minor and multiple counts of perjury and sex offender registry violations.

Keith was taken into custody just after 2 p.m. Thursday at his home in Powell after a Knox County grand jury handed down an indictment on Wednesday.

The indictment charged Keith with five counts of perjury, three violations of the sex offender registry and sexual exploitation of a minor.  

The charges stem from Keith's arrest last March after an extensive investigation revealed that he was teaching gymnastics from the basement of his home and the cafeteria of a local Knox County School.

Keith is being held at the Knox County Sheriff's Office Detention Facility on a $100,000 bond.

The KCSO Sex Offender Registry Enforcement Unit regularly conducts investigations and compliance checks on sex offenders.

If you have information regarding a sex offender, please submit it to crimetips@knoxsheriff.org or call (865) 215-2243.

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