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Blountstown High School employee arrested

Blountstown High School employee Tessa Garnett has been arrested and charged with having...
Blountstown High School employee Tessa Garnett has been arrested and charged with having inappropriate contact with one or more members of the student body.(Bay County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Nov. 21, 2021 at 6:47 PM EST
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CALHOUN COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - According to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, Tessa Garnett, a Blountstown High School employee was arrested on Sunday in Bay County.

The arrest comes after the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation on October 5th, after receiving a report from the school administration. According to Sheriff Glenn Kimbrel, the allegations suggested Garnett made inappropriate contact with one or more students. After about six weeks, the investigation came to a close Sunday when Garnett was arrested.

“We had been looking for her in Calhoun County, and we had not been able to locate her so we knew she had people of interest in Bay County and we had a name, so we reached out to Bay County Sheriff’s Office,” Kimbrel said.

After being arrested in Bay County, Garnett was transferred back to Calhoun County Monday. Kimbrel said Garnett is being charged with two counts of using a telecommunications device to make contact with students deemed inappropriate by Florida Statute. However, officials say no evidence of inappropriate physical contact was found.

The Sheriff added he believes the investigation went well, even though it was lengthy.

“If it was just as far as interviewing students, it would’ve been over in a week, a week and a half, but we want to get all the evidence we can get, we want to be fair to all parties, and that is our job to follow the evidence,” Kimbrel added.

According to Kimbrel, this case is now officially closed, unless new evidence is found. Garnett will make her first appearance before the county judge or acting circuit judge Tuesday morning.

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