Oliver Springs student teacher accused of soliciting student for sex

Travis Tucker

OLIVER SPRINGS (WATE) – A student teacher at Oliver Springs High School is accused of using World of Warcraft and Facebook to engage in an inappropriate relationship with a student.

Travis Lee Tucker, 31, was charged with two counts of solicitation of a minor. According to the incident report, Oliver Springs High School Principal Justin Nevans received information about the incident from a woman Tucker had dated for six months. The woman told Roane County Sheriff’s Office someone messaged her online and sent her snapshots of a Facebook discussion between Tucker and a 17-year-old student.

The woman told investigators she thought the entire thing was a joke at first. She said she tried to get the person who sent her the message to identify him or herself, but they would not. When she confronted Tucker about the messages, the woman told deputies he admitted what he did was wrong and that he knew how old the girl was, but did not care because he liked her and they had not done anything physical.

In an interview with investigators, the girl said she had a crush on Tucker and wrote a note to a friend talking about how cute she thought he was, but when the note was confiscated, she thought Tucker saw the note. In the beginning of 2016, the girl said she started playing World of Warcraft online with Tucker. At first, she said they would only talk about the game, then she said Tucker friended her on Facebook.

Over spring break, the girl said their relationship became sexual in nature when she says Tucker asked her to go to the World of Warcraft movie with him in Cookeville and talked about doing sexual things with her. She said she thought Tucker was only his mid to late 20s and said she didn’t know he was in his 30s. The girl told investigators if their relationship had not been revealed, she was planning to meet up with Tucker and probably would have had sex with him.

A search warrant was issued on Tucker, the woman he had been dating and the 17-year-old student’s Facebook accounts. The Roane County Sheriff’s Office said Facebook records support information given to investigators in interviews.

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