Trembley investigation reveals emails about sex and drugs

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Former swimming coach John Trembley was fired in January for what the University of Tennessee called "gross misconduct."

Gross misconduct turned out to be a lengthy history of soliciting sexual acts and drugs via a University email account and Craigslist.

UT began an internal investigation of Trembely after reports that he was soliciting cash and donations on his own behalf, that investigation revealed the inappropriate emails.

The University of Tennessee released the details of what they found to the media on Friday. The released information included nude self portraits of Trembley and other pornographic images.

One incident detailed Trembley traveling to California for treatment. While there he emailed a person on Craigslist who claimed to be a 17-year-old boy.

The Knoxville Police Department began investigating Trembley at the request of the University shortly after he was fired, they released the following statement this afternoon:

"On January 5, 2012, the Knoxville Police Department was notified of possible financial improprieties by University of Tennessee Swim Coach, John Trembley. KPD Investigator Richard Giammarino along with additional KPD and UTPD investigators initiated an investigation into the allegations. Based on the facts of the four-month long investigation, the allegations have been ruled unfounded. The investigation is now closed."

Local 8 News will have team coverage of the developing news beginning at 4:00 and on volunteertv.com


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