Greenback teacher's Facebook messages lead to her arrest

Greenback teacher's Facebook messages lead to her arrest

Angela Gaye Masingo (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office) Angela Gaye Masingo (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)

GREENBACK (WATE) - A Greenback School teacher faces felony charges after police say she sent inappropriate Facebook messages to a student at another school.

Deputies say Angela Gay Masingo, 39, is charged with solicitation of aggravated statutory rape and solicitation of sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to Loudon County School Director Jason Vance, Masingo has never been accused of any serious misconduct. She's been a teacher with the school system since 1995.

Now she's suspended without pay. "It's important to provide our employees with due process; however, its equally important and probably more -- to safeguard our children and make sure our children are safe," said Vance.

One parent who remembers Masingo from when her daughter went to school at Greenback was surprised to hear the news. Rhonda Guiney says, "I actually knew the teacher. It does make it shocking cause I thought she was a good person."

Masingo's father is also a teacher at Greenback School and is a former administrator.

Her family didn't wish to comment except to say "There are always two sides [to every story]".

Masingo is scheduled to be in court March 15.

The Blount County Sheriff's Office H.E.A.T. (Hi-tech Evidence and Technology) Unit and the Loudon County Sheriff's Office, as part of Internet Crimes Against Children Tennessee Task Force (ICAC), worked a joint investigation on Masingo.

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