No criminal charges filed against suspended Hampton teacher, coa

No criminal charges filed against suspended Hampton teacher, coach accused of theft

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Leon Tolley - Courtesy of Johnson City Press Leon Tolley - Courtesy of Johnson City Press
CARTER COUNTY, TN (WJHL) - A grand jury found no evidence to merit filing criminal charges against the Carter County teacher and coach under investigation for a theft allegation.

Last week, grand jurors heard evidence in the case of Leon Tolley, the Hampton Elementary School teacher and Hampton High School girls basketball coach, who was suspended last December because of a theft allegation.

District Attorney General Tony Clark said Monday the grand jury did not return a "true bill" meaning they found insufficient evidence to charge Tolley with a crime.

The specifics of the allegations have not been released.

Clark told News Channel 11 he was disappointed with the grand jury finding because he felt there is sufficient evidence to file charges. Clark said he planned to continue pursuing charges in the case.

Kevin Ward, director of Carter County Schools, told News Channel 11 that Tolley remains suspended without pay at the recommendation of the District Attorney.

News Channel 11 is attempting to reach Tolley for comment. A message left at his home has not been returned.

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