HAWKINS COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) — A former volunteer high school teacher and coach quit in November after Sullivan County authorities charged him with attempted sexual contact with a minor by an authority figure.
A Sulivan County Court of Sessions affidavit revealed Jason Rock, 32, of Kingsport, is accused of Snapchatting with a 17-year-old girl while claiming to be an ETSU student in the ” mid to late thirties.”
Investigators received complaints on October 22, 2021, and the 17-year-old’s Snapchats dated back to September, according to court documents.
A Sullivan County grand jury issued a subpoena for the Snapchat account, which allegedly showed links to an email determined to have belonged to Rock. An IP address associated with the account would also be returned to a Kingsport residence listed as Rock.
Investigators learned that Rock was a teacher at Volunteer High where the girl attended school.
Police were approved for a search warrant for the Snapchat account and found a conversation between the account allegedly linked to Rock and a second underage girl.
Based on those findings, investigators charged Rock with attempted sexual contact with a minor by an authority figure, according to the affidavit.
News Channel 11 contacted the Hawkins County Schools System on Friday. A spokesperson confirmed that Rock resigned on Nov. 4. The school’s full response is available below:
“Mr. Rock is no longer a teacher or coach at Volunteer High School. He resigned effective November 4, 2021. We were notified in early November by law enforcement of the charges against Mr. Rock and responded immediately. regarding his teaching and coaching assignments, pending the outcome of the investigation. Mr. Rock voluntarily resigned a few days later. We cooperated with all law enforcement and DCS personnel before and after the We have taken the appropriate action regarding our state department of education, the teacher licensing agency, also regarding Mr. Rock’s license.
Matt Hixon, Hawkins County Schools
The status of Rock’s teaching license remains unclear at this time.