Thomas Blevins, 29, of Dunlap, Tenn., is charged with aggravated child molestation, false imprisonment, and two counts of child molestation. He signed extradition papers and was transferred from Sequatchie County, Tenn., to the Catoosa County jail Dec. 13 after being arrested in Dunlap, Tenn., on Tuesday night, Dec. 11.
Blevins, who had been the band director at Lakeview Middle School for the past six years, resigned recently after an investigation began examining “inappropriate” text messages to a teenage female. He was suspended by the Catoosa County school system on Nov. 27, and subsequently resigned prior to a hearing that was scheduled to determine his fate at the school.
According to a news release from Catoosa County sheriff Phil Summers, Blevins' arrest was the result of a month-long investigation by the sheriff's office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation amidst allegations that Blevins had engaged in inappropriate contact with a 14-year-old female.
“The female victim was not a student at Lakeview Middle School at the time of the incident,” Summers said in the news release. “The investigation began after a complaint from administrators at the Catoosa County school system.”
Blevins was booked into the Catoosa County jail at 10:07 a.m. on Dec. 13.
In the wake of the accusations against Blevins, his family and supporters launched a Facebook page on the day after his arrest. The page, titled “We Support Thomas Blevins,” had 188 “likes” as of Friday morning, Dec. 14.
The page describes Blevins as “a loving husband and father to two wonderful children,” and states that he is “a loyal brother, son, and father who has been accused of wrongdoing in the school system, and is being treated as guilty until proven innocent.”
The site’s cover photo at the top of the home page refers to the scripture of Psalm 109, which begins, “Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise; for the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue. They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause.”
According to Blevins’ personal Facebook page: He was born Feb. 8, 1983. He is a 2001 graduate of Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School. He is a 2005 graduate of the University of Georgia. He became band director at Lakeview Middle School in July 2007. He earned a master’s degree in music education from UGA in 2009. He is a member of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga. He is married and has two children. As of Dec. 14, he had 1,158 Facebook friends.