Greenback teacher facing felony child sex charges appears in Blo

Greenback teacher facing felony child sex charges appears in Blount Co. court

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Angela Masingo listens in court. Angela Masingo listens in court.
Angela Masingo (Source: Facebook) Angela Masingo (Source: Facebook)

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - The Greenback School teacher facing felony child sex charges appeared in court Friday in Blount County.

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

Deputies with the Blount County Sheriff's Office and the Loudon County Sheriff's Office say Masingo sent inappropriate Facebook messages to a student from another school.

Masingo made an appearance in Blount County court Friday to face the charges.

Her attorney, Joe Costner, asked the judge to reschedule Masingo's court date to May 3, which was approved.

Costner told 6 News he hopes to have a tentative agreement in place before then, and that the investigation into these charges is still currently underway.

The arrest warrant for Masingo states she used Facebook to invite a juvenile from another school to engage in sexual activity.

Deputies also say she used a cell phone to show the teen sexually explicit material.

Masingo is on suspension without pay from Greenback School.

She'd been with the Loudon County School System since 1995.

Loudon County Schools Director Jason Vance said she has never been accused of any serious misconduct.

A family member of the teen involved was at the arraignment Friday, but declined to comment, saying detectives asked her not to as the investigation continues.

Masingo's father is also a teacher at Greenback.

Family members of Masingo's did not wish to comment, but just said "there are always two sides to every story."

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