Former Teacher Caught in Sex Sting May Escape Punishment

Knox County (WVLT) – A former Sevier County elementary school teacher and youth minister may escape punishment after exposing himself to an undercover investigator in Knoxville's Tyson Park.

Kent Steven Armstrong was suspended from his teaching post at Seymour Primary School when the Sevier County Board of Education learned of his arrest.

On Wednesday, he entered a conditional plea of guilty.

That means if he follows the rules and does not get any new criminal charges over the next six months, the judge will not accept the guilty plea, and all will be forgiven as far as the courts are concerned.

Armstrong declined to comment on the case, but his attorney told us that he had resigned from teaching and has not made a decision on if he will return to the profession in the future.

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  • by Carmen Location: Seymour on Oct 11, 2007 at 10:15 PM
    He was my child's teacher for many years, and I have to say the community is in shock. I'm in shock. I thought I knew this person. He was married , seemed happy. I DO wonder what else he might be guilty of now, and I would never want him near my child again.
  • by Terry Location: Knoxville on Oct 11, 2007 at 02:17 PM
    Isn't this guy a "chritian" or something like that? I think the churches are full of these people who pick on the poor gays and all they want is the same rights!!<:(
  • by Unicorn Location: Knoxville on Oct 10, 2007 at 09:46 PM
    Mr. Armstrong did NOT plead guilty to anything. Diversion allows the case to disappear with no winners or losers. Most who comment have their minds made up and will not listen to any comments that conflict with their beliefs.
  • by None Ya Location: Louisville on Oct 10, 2007 at 08:09 PM
    Daniel, were you in the courtroom?
  • by Have the facts Location: Seymour on Oct 10, 2007 at 07:40 PM
    People have your facts straight before you speak. Judicial diversion is given to anyone who is charged with a misdemenor, and has never been in trouble before. I realize he may be a good teacher and the children love him, but that is not what this is about. This is about the fact he was masturbating in a city park in front of a Knoxville Police Officer. He was not led to the park, he was not coaxed into doing something, he was observed doing this act within 100 ft of children playing on a playground. How would any of you feel if you could not eat lunch in Tyson Park without being exposed to homosexuals doing their business? How would you feel if your three year old walked near the woodline and saw two males performing oral sex on each other? How would you feel if you were trying to use the restroom and another man began watching you urinate. These are all valid complaints made to the Knoxville Police Department. No one is judging Kent for who he is, but judging what he did that day.
  • by got it Location: Seymour on Oct 10, 2007 at 04:43 PM
    It is what it is, people are cruel not even thinking of the family and so many childrens lifes Mr. A has had such a positive influnce on, its not up to us to be the Judge for we all will be Judged one day. Step up show some respect if you haven't anything good to say. Then keep your mouth closed. Mr.A you and your family will always be in my prayers.
  • by Daniel on Oct 10, 2007 at 03:10 PM
    Are there others out there who have been falsely accused by KPD? Will you please stand up and write to this post. Maybe someone in the Knoxville journalism world will have the courage to investigate these practices. If people are guilty they should be punished, but I hope you are not falsely accused. Your life will be ruined and you will have no way out.
  • by Daniel on Oct 10, 2007 at 03:02 PM
    WBIR got it right: "The agreement was not a conviction or an admission of guilt." I hope you will get it right and correct what you are reporting.
  • by Chris Location: Seymour on Oct 10, 2007 at 02:26 PM
    I agree with Daniel. I have always taught my children to respect policemen and their authority. To be honest though, I am not sure I trust them anymore. Something is not right about this case. I hope that the KPD is held accountable for this disaster. A man's life is ruined. But what does KPD care. That is their business. Once upon a time I would have argued that the police only exist to protect us. HA! Who will they attempt to destroy next?
  • by Yeah Right Location: Seymour on Oct 10, 2007 at 02:13 PM
    He's guitly. Get over it. The police weren't at the park with their members haning out.
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