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FORMER ANDERSON COUNTY STUDENT RESOURCE OFFICER INDICTED BY GRAND JURY

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Former Anderson County Sheriff School Resource Officer (SRO) James Lawson, age 36, has been indicted by an Anderson County Grand Jury on charges of solicitation of a minor and two counts of solicitation of a minor to observe sexual conduct by electronic means. Lawson resigned from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office December 10, 2020, the same day allegations were brought to the attention of school and sheriff’s office administrators. The complaint alleged that he was engaging in inappropriate conduct with two students at Clinton High School. Sheriff Russell Barker immediately ordered an internal affairs investigation. It was then that Lawson submitted his resignation after hearing the allegations made against him.

Lawson served as a SRO at Clinton High School from August of 2020 until his departure in December.

The United States Marshals arrested Lawson at his Maryville home Wednesday (April 7, 2021) and he was initially booked in the Blount County Jail. He was transported yesterday to the Anderson County Detention Facility where has posted bail. He will make his initial appearance soon in court.


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