Former Blount County music teacher hit with new rape charges

Man facing eleven additional rape, sexual exploitation charges after 4 new victims are identified.

Jeremy Cook, 34 (Blount County Sheriff's Office)

FRIENDSVILLE (WATE) – Blount County Sheriff’s Office said four additional victims, two juveniles and two adults have come forward to report experiences with a former instructor at Maryville Rock Academy.

Jeremy R. Cook, 34, now face eleven additional charges. Those include four counts of statutory rape by an authority figure, four counts of rape and five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. In March he was also charged with two counts of statutory rape by an authority figure after a 16-year-old female student said she engaged in sexual activity with her vocal instructor.

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Since the initial incident was reported, Blount County Sheriff’s Office said the new victims came forward with similar experiences with Cook between 2013 and March 2016. Investigators also found nude photos of underage girls on Cook’s cell phone, according to the sheriff’s office.

Blount County Sheriff’s Office said they are still working on identifying the photos on Cook’s phone. Investigators said they believe there are other students who were victimized by cook, but have not come forward.

Cook is currently at the Clount County Detention Facility on bonds totaling $650,000 pending hearings in Blount County General Sessions Court on April 6 and April 20.

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