Arrests in Seymour High School football field vandalism | UPDATE

SEYMOUR, Tenn. (WVLT) The Sevier County Sheriff's Office arrested three people for vandalizing the Seymour High School Football field on May 23.

During the investigation, authorities received several tips which led them to three suspects who graduated days before the incident.

Investigators say Jacob Lewis-Jones, Joshua Lewis-Jones and Jacob Shields gave incriminating statements concerning the vandalism.

Detectives also recovered paint cans used in the vandalism at a home near the high school where a party took place on May 23.

All three suspects were arrested on felony vandalism charges.

A preliminary hearing is set for June 18.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Det. James Breeden at 865-774-3932 or 865-428-1899.

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The Seymour High School football field was spray painted sometime Thursday night, possibly causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage.

Several of the yard markers were spray painted black, as well as the eye of the eagle at mid-field. To make matters worse, the field is a brand new turf that was just installed in March, costing more than a half a million tax-payer dollars.

"We're not sure if this is a senior prank...or somebody just trying to tear something up," Athletic Director Gary Householder said.

Vulgar language was also painted onto the sideline and on the brick underneath the bleachers. The brick areas were painted immediately Friday morning, covering obscene language and pictures.

Householder said they worked all day to try to clean the paint off, but the damage is still clearly visible. If they can't clean the paint away, the damaged areas will have to be replaced, which is where the huge cost comes into play.

"They would have to remake the numbers, and sew them back in if we can't get them cleaned up," Householder explained.

Sevier County School Superintendent, Doctor Jack Parton, said they are working with the sheriff's office to find out who is responsible.

"We will prosecute whoever is responsible to the fullest extent of the law," Dr. Parton said.

Householder said investigators have told him they have some very strong leads already in the case. But he's still wondering why anyone would think to do this in the first place.

"We've always took a lot of pride in the place, and our community takes a lot of pride in it. So we just hate that this has happened," Householder said.


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