Tennessee Christian school principal indicted on 11 new child sex counts after 2022 arrest

Tennessee Christian school principal indicted on 11 new child sex counts after 2022 arrest

The principal of a Christian school in Tennessee, who was arrested last year on allegations of sexual activity with a minor, has been charged with an additional 11 counts.

Liberty Christian School principal Jason Kennedy, 47, was already facing charges in connection with his alleged sexual activity with an underage girl. He was charged in August with two counts of sexual assault by an authority figure and one count of solicitation of a minor.

School secretary and homeschool coordinator Brittney Branham, 28, was also charged with solicitation of a minor in August for incidents that occurred at the Kennedy home. It is unclear if she will face new charges.

District Attorney Stephen Crump told FOX Chattanooga on Friday that the new charges Kennedy was indicted on represent three more victims, meaning there are now four total victims in the case.

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Jason Kennedy, 47, has already been charged with two counts of sexual assault by an authority figure and one count of solicitation of a minor.

Jason Kennedy, 47, has already been charged with two counts of sexual assault by an authority figure and one count of solicitation of a minor.
(McMinn County Jail)

The grand jury indictment shows Kennedy’s new charges include sexual activity involving a minor, solicitation of a minor to engage in sexual conduct, aggravated sexual assault, six counts of sexual assault by an authority figure and two counts of violation of the Child Protection Law.

The victim, whose allegations led to the arrests of Kennedy and Branham last year, is a 19-year-old who says she was a minor at the time of the incidents.

Kennedy was living at home in Athens, Tennessee, with his wife and Branham in 2019 when the victim was spending the night in the same room as Branham, according to affidavits from the McMinn County Sheriff’s Department. The victim said that Kennedy would enter the bedroom and discuss sex with her and Branham.

Brittney Branham, 28, was charged in August with solicitation of a minor.

Brittney Branham, 28, was charged in August with solicitation of a minor.
(McMinn County Jail)

The victim said Branham urged her to allow Kennedy to touch her private area, but not to tell anyone because they could get in trouble.

According to the affidavit, the teen said Branham and Kennedy bought her a “tiny black and white evening dress” in August 2020, and one night when she was staying at Kennedy’s house, he walked into the room on the one she and Branham were in and touched the victim’s chest.

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A McMinn County Sheriff's Office license plate in Tennessee.

A McMinn County Sheriff’s Office license plate in Tennessee.
(McMinn County Sheriff’s Department)

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The victim told investigators that when she was in the room with Branham in another case in early 2021, Kennedy walked into the room and started talking about sex.

She said Kennedy and Branham pleasured each other and encouraged her to join them. After they finished, the victim said they adjusted their clothing and acted “as if nothing happened, they began to speak normally,” the affidavit says.

Kennedy is also a teacher and pastor at Liberty Christian School. Local media reported that he and Branham remain employed.

Liberty Christian School did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

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