Crime

Teacher at Tennessee Christian school is arrested and jailed for felony child sexual abuse

A former teacher at a Tennessee Christian school has been arrested for felony child abuse, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.

Joseph “Kade” Abbott, who taught at the Apostolic Christian Academy in Maryville, was arrested in North Carolina on a felony charge that he sexually abused a 14-year-old girl.

From the Knoxville News Sentinel:

Police began investigating Abbott in June after he was accused of sexually abusing the teenager. The case still is under investigation, O’Briant said, who declined to give additional details because the investigation is ongoing and involves a juvenile.

Abbott, 26, is not listed as a school employee, but appeared on Apostolic Christian Academy’s staff list as a middle school teacher as recently as August, according to a search of internet archives by Knox News. He moved two months ago to a suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina, according to the arrest warrant.

Abbott is being held on a $200,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is Jan. 18.

Read the full report over at the Knoxville News Sentinel. 

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