Fentress teacher accused of sex with student

By: Nick Bona and Michael Grider Email
By: Nick Bona and Michael Grider Email
The Fentress County teacher charged with the statutory rape of a 16-year-old student has been released from jail on a $25,000 bond.

Lindsey Seymour (Photo Courtesy: TBI)

FENTRESS COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Fentress County Grand Jury has indicted a high school teacher for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old student.

Lindsey Seymour, 27 of Allardt turned herself in to Fentress County authorities on Thursday afternoon. She was officially charged with eight counts of statutory rape.

Seymour allegedly had the sexual encounters with the male student between June 2009 and September 2009. In late September, the teen’s parents complained to the district attorney about the contact.

"They contacted us and we contacted the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation,” a member of the District Attorney’s office said to CBS affiliate WTVF in Nashville.

On Thursday morning, TBI investigators presented evidence from their investigation to the grand jury. Seymour turned herself in at the Fentress County Sheriff’s Department in Jamestown just a few hours after the indictment was handed down.

“She's not hiding,” said Melanie Bean, a Lebanon, Tennessee attorney who is representing Seymour. “She's coming down and turning herself in voluntarily and we're ready to defend the charges."

Seymour taught Accounting and Information Management Systems at the Alvin C. York Institute in Jamestown and was considered a popular teacher.

She was released from Fentress County Sheriff’s Department on a $25,000 bond. Seymour will be back in court on November 9th.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Fentress County teacher is charged with statutory rape after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says she had sex with a 16-year-old student.

Lindsey Seymour, 27, was teaching at the Alvin C. York Institute in Jamestown, Tenn. She is charged with eight counts of statutory rape.

The TBI says the sexual encounters between her and the teen boy all occurred between June 2009 and September 2009.

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  • by BILL Location: SMITHVILLE TN on Sep 5, 2011 at 07:48 AM
  • by yeahhhhh Location: ;] on Aug 23, 2010 at 10:36 PM
    Why wasnt she like this when i had her. yeahh trent b!!
  • by Haiden Location: Blanchester Ohio on May 17, 2010 at 12:40 PM
    I had Seymour as a teacher and i never thought of her to do something like this. But i dont think she is a bad person. Just made a mistake. Dont we all?
  • by shhh Location: iowa on Jan 3, 2010 at 09:32 PM
    I know her personally. Haven't talked to her in years, so I don't know anything. But I do know that many times, the student is lying. Maybe they should examine his record in school - has he been in trouble before? Any run ins with her? Failed her class ever? Also - he's not exactly an unknowing child being molested. He was sixteen. I'm not saying that makes it okay or right, but sixteen is fairly old enough to know about sex. If feel like the primary reason it's being pursued is because she's a woman. There were male teachers at our high school that crossed way over the line of appropriate behavior with female students, and nothing was ever done about it. As again, I'm not saying that makes it right, what Seymour did, but - - what happened to the idea of a fair and balanced system? Prosecute one, you should prosecute them all, not just selectively listen to who you feel like listening to.
  • by Rebecca Location: East TN on Nov 26, 2009 at 12:44 AM
    I wonder, if she's found innocent, will it make the news again? If the accusations are true, I agree that she should never teach anywhere. But even if she's found not guilty, I bet she'll have trouble finding a job teaching. And that's wrong!
  • by Liz Location: Knox on Nov 3, 2009 at 10:46 AM
    I think this should have been left out of the news until it was proven.What if the kid is lying?It has happened.This womans reputation is ruined now,should we not at least have to prove she is guilty?
  • by Amy Location: East TN on Nov 2, 2009 at 02:40 PM
    It seems like now these types of allegations hit the papers and make headlines... especially when it is a woman. I have know of a teacher who was accused by current (at the time) and former high school students of molestation and ended up having next to nothing done. It didn't make the paper like now (and that was only 9 yrs. ago) and he is now teaching in Kentucky. I think that the teacher should be given a fair trial with innocent until proven guilty but if found guilty shoudn't get to teach ANYWHERE!!
  • by Steve Location: Anahiem on Oct 31, 2009 at 01:32 PM
    Say goodbye to 'innocent until proven guilty' and the freedoms our forefathers gave their lives to enact and protect! Posting picture, name, etc. on allegations as facts? There are clearly two sides to this story, yet the woman is singled out by the media, which will try her in the court of public opinion with only one side of the story regardless of the ultimate outcome. I am not condoning the 'ALLEDGED' activity, but Americans are giving away most every constitutional right under the current paranoia around sexual activity allegations. The woman deserves her day in an unbiased court, not the court of public opinion resulting from one-sided media articles and the inevitable follow-up reader comments. The paranoia in our country around this subject is an escalating travesty! Stop this insanity and abandoning the foundation of our constitution!! Innocent until proven guilty!
  • by vanessa Location: clarkrange tn on Oct 31, 2009 at 12:49 PM
    I think these women have some major problems, they need to be locked up for the rest of their lives.It takes a sick person to have sex with a child, especially someone getting paid to help our children not molest and rape them. She will probably get out of this just like the others.
  • by pete Location: jamestown on Oct 30, 2009 at 04:32 PM
    yeah but will mom whos a teacher and her grandparents pay her way out of it
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