SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL)- Officials with the Kingsport Police Department and Sullivan County Schools confirmed with News Channel 11 Thursday that a teacher was arrested for indecent exposure.
According to KPD officials, Lloyd W. Griffin, 55, was reportedly “observed to have been engaged in a sexually explicit action in a classroom in view of teenage juvenile students,” according to a complaint.
KPD authorities investigated the incident and said a Sullivan County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Griffin with one count of misdemeanor Indecent Exposure and one count of felony Public Indecency on School Property where Minor are Present.
Griffin was arrested on February 25, and taken to the Sullivan County Jail on a $5,500 bond.
He has since posted bond.
Director of Sullivan County Schools David Cox released a statement saying the event occurred in early January when a female student reported seeing a male teacher behaving inappropriately.
Dr. Cox said law enforcement was contacted, and Griffin has been suspended without pay pending the completion of the investigation and judicial process.
“The safety and well-being of our students is our priority and any allegations of this nature are taken seriously”, said Sullivan County Director of Schools, Dr. David Cox.
According to the TSSAA website, Griffin is listed as the Head Coach for Boy’s Golf and a full-time teacher.