Melissa Blair was arrested Tuesday after she allegedly had sex with 9 boys from McMinn Central High School in exchange for vape pens. Englewood, Tenn. police believe there are more victims out there and continue to investigate.

Blair was charged in McMinn County Grand Jury on 18 counts of statutory rape, four counts of human trafficking by patronizing prostitution, one count of solicitation of a minor and forfeiture of personal property. She was released after paying a $100,000 bond and is scheduled for arraignment on Feb. 28.

According to reports, Englewood Police became aware of the crimes when the school district received an anonymous note talking about Melissa Blair’s sex crimes. Officers discovered that between spring 2020 and late 2021, Melissa Blair had sex with nine male students in exchange for giving them vape pens.

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Melissa Blair was charged with 18 counts of statutory rape after she had sex with 9 male students in exchange for vape pens. Englewood Police believe there could be more victims. (Credit: Twitter)

Parents of the victims reported that the male students were between the ages of 14 and 17 at the time of the assault. Blair allegedly contacted the boys through social media and offered gifts in exchange for sexual favors. McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy confirmed that there were at least nine victims, and he urged others to come forward if they were ever a victim of Melissa Blair.

“The current charges are related to 9 confirmed male juvenile victims, related to incidents which occurred from Spring of 2020 through late 2021,” Guy said. “7 of the victims are still juveniles. 2 were victimized as juveniles but are now adults. We suspect there may be additional juvenile victims and we encourage them or their parents to contact us. There may possibly be other victims who are now adults, and we also encourage them to contact us.”

He said that a search warrant served on Dec. 15 helped the police gain valuable information in the arrest of the Tennessee woman.

“The search warrant revealed additional evidence, and our investigation grew larger as more parents and victims contacted us,” said Sheriff Guy. “We were finally able to present the case to the Grand Jury on February 15, upon which the indictments were issued.”

Blair later turned herself in to McMinn County Justice Center after her indictment was issued.

According to reports, Melissa Blair was not a staff member at McMinn Central High School. She was a member of the school’s booster club and had a son that attended the high school. He has since transferred to another school and Blair is banned from school property and activities.

Since her arrest, many families of Englewood have come forward to express their disbelief that these crimes have happened in their small town.

A mother of one of the victims, who wanted to remain anonymous for her child, said, “I cannot in words describe what it feels like to be going through what we’re going through right now. It is every emotion that you can imagine. And none of them happy.”

During a Tuesday press conference, Sheriff Guy thanked his officers and other members of the community who helped with the case. He especially thanked the writer of the anonymous note, saying that without them, Blair’s sex crimes would still be going on.

He said, “This type of case is difficult and shocking even to seasoned detectives and I want to commend our staff for the many hours of identifying, locating and interviewing victims and their families, collecting physical and electronic evidence, as well as the many days of putting together the search warrant and subsequent case file. But most importantly we want to offer support and resources to the victims and their parents as we move forward.”

McMinn County Schools announced that they will be providing support and counseling for victims and their families. The police investigation is still ongoing.