Cheerleading Coach Arrested in Campbell County

JACKSBORO, Tenn (WVLT) A cheerleading coach has been arrested in Campbell County and charged with statutory rape by an authority figure.

Jacksboro Police Chief Danny Chapman confirms Jeremiah Tarwater, 26, of Knoxville was arrested Wednesday.

Chapman tells Volunteer TV's Stacy McCloud that the incident allegedly occured last summer while Tarwater was working as a coach at Twist and Shout in Campbell County.

Chapman says Tarwater allegedly had inappropriate sexual contact with a 16 year old girl.

Todd Nidiffer and his wife co-own Twist and Shout, according to the LaFollette Press.

The newspaper reports Tarwater no longer works at there.

Tarwater has bonded out and is due back in court on December 14th.

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  • by Someone Location: Jacksboro on Jan 11, 2008 at 12:30 AM
    First of all, Jeremiah was my coach at twist-N-shout for sometime now, and hes the nicest guy anyone would ever meet to this day and on. he doesnt seem like the guy to do this, therefore I do not think he did it, but everyone has their own opinions. if some of you all had the chance to meet him and experience what a great and talented guy he is, you would understand what a fantastic guy he really is.
  • by KARA. CAPALBO Location: ASHEVILLE on Dec 17, 2007 at 08:14 PM
    I WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL WITH JEREMIAH AND I REALLY DO NOT THINK THAT THIS HAPPENED. I THINK THAT HIS SITUATION HAS WENT TOO FAR. I FIND THIS UNFAIR TO HIM AND HIS FAMILY AND WIFE, HE HAS BEEN HUMILIATED ENOUGH . BUT THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE, AND THATS WHAT I PRAY HAPPENS.
  • by WoW Location: somewhere on Dec 11, 2007 at 04:25 PM
    Wow, i don't think he did this. He has a wife who loves him and a child on the way, why would he do that? its just insane.
  • by someone Location: somewhere on Dec 10, 2007 at 05:12 PM
    we dont know if he did it but if he did it will comeback and hit him in the face because he will be in jail and its possible he wont see his child thats due sometime soon i dont think he done it
  • by Grace Location: Lafollette on Dec 10, 2007 at 03:57 PM
    The truth will prevail over these malicious lies. There are way too many that know this story was concocted to hurt and destroy – it’s really VERY VERY sad. From Proverbs 6 - There are six things that the Lord hates, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers. Speak the truth to one another; render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace.
  • by Lindsey Location: Knoxville on Dec 10, 2007 at 03:35 PM
    I grew up with and know jeremiah personally. He has much respect for women and I believe this was a consensual relationship. He was the "hot" cheerleading coach and she probley had a crush. He shouldn't have gave in but , also, he shouldn't be labeled as a rapist.
  • by Amazed Location: Jacksboro on Dec 10, 2007 at 02:39 PM
    You are confused if you think any of this can be blamed on a 16 yr old girl. Teenagers don't make the right choices. That's why we have laws to protect them. If this was my daughter I would have shot the *&^&%% in the head.
  • by Confused Location: Jacksboro on Dec 10, 2007 at 11:02 AM
    I believe that a consensual relationship developed, but Jermiah made a huge mistake by allowing that, and I think it is a disgrace that his life has been ruined by a girl whom apparently got caught and told even though she willinging allowed it to happen. I think had this been my child, I would have handled it myself privately and not made my daughter have to face going through a trial. In the end, not only is his life ruined, but hers as well. She will always be known as the girl who had sex with him and then cried rape.
  • by jack Location: lafollette on Dec 8, 2007 at 10:13 PM
    it is irrelevant whether she turned him for "breaking up" with her. He is accused of taking of advantage of his power position in order to have sex with an underage girl.
  • by erin Location: knox on Dec 8, 2007 at 11:57 AM
    i'm hearing some rumors about this and how the "arrest" came about. I heard that she turned him in after he broke it off with her?

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