published Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Signal Mountain teacher charged in prostitution sting

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A Hamilton County teacher is one of the 11 people arrested in a prostitution sting last week, school officials say.

Malcolm Henley, a physical education teacher at Signal Mountain Middle High School, was charged with patronizing prostitution during a two-day undercover operation at a hotel near the intersection of Lee Highway and Bonny Oaks.

Attempts to reach Henley Tuesday were unsuccessful.

Signal Mountain Principal Tom McCullough said Henley, 48, has worked at the middle school for more than 20 years.

McCullough said he’d never received any complaints about Henley and had not spoken to him as of Tuesday afternoon.

What happens next is unclear.

“Any issues that are internal in the school, then the principal will spearhead an investigation and look into ways to respond,” McCullough said. “But with external issues like this, I would not do anything without direction from Human Resources first.”

Officials with the Hamilton County Department of Education Human Resources office said Tuesday that they were not aware of the charges Henley face.

During the sting on July 13-14, investigators targeted suspects who answered advertisements on the Internet for escort services by responding to a hotel and agreeing to exchange money for sexual favors, Chattanooga police said.

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memphisexile said...

Prostitution should be legal. If someone wants to use their body to make money, that is their business. Legalize it, regulate it and tax it.

July 19, 2011 at 6:31 p.m.
chioK_V said...

My!My! How the attackers tone change when it's a friend, neighbor or someone who is not from the 'hood.

July 19, 2011 at 7:19 p.m.
memphisexile said...

What attackers? If this guy was black and taught at Dalewood Middle I would feel the same way. Not everything is about race.

July 19, 2011 at 8:36 p.m.
xyzyra said...

Sure, right! memphisE. We can just see all the responses a story gets when it's some African-American or Hispanic person verses some white person from Signal Mtn., Hixson, Harrison, Soddy Daisy and the rest.

July 19, 2011 at 10:04 p.m.
5v5 said...

The outcome will be interesting, but I'm sure the residents of Signal Mtn, parents, faculty of the school building, students, and some of the school board won't allow him back in the building. Guilty until proven innocence is the rule****

Where in the He?? is Rhonda to make a comment on this situation when you need her? Ricky looking for you to make a descision with the 25 years of experience with only a Masters Degree.

July 20, 2011 at 6:59 a.m.
ChattaVol06 said...

Mr. Henley was my 6th grade science teacher for the one year that I attended Signal Mtn. Middle School years ago. It's pretty shocking that he is caught up in this, but I guess in today's society nothing should come as a surprise. He falls into the obese category and he was recently married when he taught me some 15 years ago... I wonder if his marriage fell apart and he couldn't get any tail on his own without forking some money out.

July 20, 2011 at 8:38 a.m.
mystyre said...

wildman said "Men pay for ALL sex, married men pay the most!".

true that, brother. it's like what riley from the boondocks said, "why don't i just give that [woman] the money and she can go buy groceries?" lol.

July 20, 2011 at 8:42 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Where does everybody else work? I guess the TFP decided that the occupation of only one individual was worth mentioning due to the fact that he influences so many young minds. You know what.....leave the friggin dude alone! He's embarrassed already about getting caught, I'm sure he's not up in the classroom explaining the proper techniques of choosing the right prostitute. So he paid for some booty....who hasnt?!?!

July 20, 2011 at 9:02 a.m.
rhythmco said...

I probably speak for most up here on Signal....Malcolm Henley you are a disgrace to our community and the county as a whole. No one, and especially a county employee, nurse, policeman, etc have any business responding to prostitution adds on the net - let alone SHOWING UP to the hotel with a prearranged agreement. You should have NEVER even answered the add to begin with. Innocent until proven guilty is not the case here. You were guilty a) answering the add and b) showing up at the hotel. We do not want you here on Signal Mountain. You are not welcome here. You're what most of us hoped NOT to find when we moved to this community. And as far as I'm concerned I'll extend that feeling towards the entire county. Your sentence should include banishment from hamilton county.

July 24, 2011 at 1:32 a.m.
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