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Teacher accused of holding teens at gunpoint gets $25,000 bond

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) – A Hamilton County teacher received a reduced bond Wednesday on charges of holding nine teens at gunpoint in a local cemetery.

Session Court Judge Robert Moon gave 45-year-old Stacy Swallows a $25,000 bond and told him that he can not possess a firearm or have contact with the teens he's accused of holding at gunpoint.

Judge Moon says the teens are to not go within three miles of cemetery.

The teens were not present for hearing because "they don't want to be exposed to the cameras," according to their attorney.

According to deputies, Swallows held nine teens, ages 16 to 19, at gunpoint with an assault rifle.

The teens told deputies they had gone to the cemetery to ghost hunt. They told deputies they were leaving the cemetery when Swallows parked his vehicle in the roadway blocking their way. According to the teens Swallows pointed the rifle at them and told them to stay put until police arrived.

Judge Moon says there are out and out lies swirling in this case. "Thank God we don't try cases in the media."

Swallows faces nine counts of aggravated assault and nine counts of false imprisonment.


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