Former school worker accused of using his job to try to have sex with minors

Anthony Anderson, 33, faces charges in separate indictments.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A 33-year-old former employee of Knox County Schools, who was also an assistant high school track coach at his alma mater, attempted to use his position to trick several minors into having sex, according to the police and court records.

Anthony Anderson, a former University of Tennessee football player, in a separate case also had sex with and exploited another minor, according to the indictments.

Anderson is no longer a KCS employee. He resigned in the spring of 2021, according to system spokeswoman Carly Harrington.

He had been a behavioral liaison at Sarah Moore Greene Magnet Academy and an assistant track coach at Austin-East, from which he graduated in 2007.

Anderson’s attorney could not be reached Friday for comment.

A Knox County grand jury first indicted Anderson in March 2021 in a five-count document alleging solicitation of a minor and attempted sexual assault by an authority figure. Records allege he committed the crimes between August 1, 2020 and April 27, 2021.

The victims are only identified by their initials.

Had Anderson succeeded in tricking the alleged victims into having sex, it would have constituted sexual assault by an authority figure, records show.

The Knoxville Police Department investigated. Spokesman Scott Erland said that from the perspective of investigators, “it would be entirely accurate to say that Mr. Anderson used his position” within KCS to commit the crimes.

After Anderson resigned from the system in May 2021, KPD’s investigation continued.

On July 14, a grand jury then returned a second set of indictments, alleging aggravated minor rape, sexual activity involving a minor, and sexual exploitation of a minor. The charges relate to a single victim. Crimes allegedly took place between December 24, 2021 and February 6 this year.

On February 6, Anderson allegedly had sex with the victim, who was at least 13 but under 18, according to the charges.

Witnesses to the inquest include staff from Austin-East High School, records show.

Anderson was on the 2007-2011 UT team, according to UT Athletics. He played defensive back until he moved to wide receiver.

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