By WRCB Staff

MCMINN COUNTY, TN (WRCB) --  The McMinn County Grand Jury has returned indictments against teacher aide Tonia Martin for relationship with a 16-year- old.

McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy confirmed that his office had received an indictment from the McMinn County Grand Jury charging Tonia Hennessee Martin with 2 Counts of Aggravated Statutory Rape and Solicitation of a Minor.

"According to a report filed last month with our officers, Tonia Hennessee Martin, age 38 of Athens, was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 16 year-old student at McMinn County High School." Said McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy in a written statement. "At the time of the accusation, Ms. Martin was employed as a teacher's aide at Rogers Creek Elementary School here in McMinn County.'

Sheriff Guy stated that the incident was investigated, and that statements to detectives from Ms. Martin seemed to substantiate the allegations. Detectives presented the case to the McMinn County Grand Jury this past Tuesday, which returned the indictment against Ms. Martin.

"We have no indication that any inappropriate activity occurred on school grounds, nor was in any way connected to our school system" added Sheriff Guy. "It seems that Ms. Martin became acquainted with the 16 year-old student because he was a friend of her daughter. We have a great relationship with the McMinn County School System, and they have cooperated fully in this matter."

The indictment was served when Ms. Martin turned herself into the McMinn County Justice Center. She will face a court date set in McMinn County Criminal Court.