published Wednesday, July 20th, 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 Drive.

Attempts to reach Henley on 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 had 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 faces.

During the sting 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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cildawg1 said...

So who are the other ten people??? Why is it that you only want to disclose the name of the teacher??? Good Grief!!! Give me a break. What happened to innocent until proven guilty??? Pretty soon we won't have anyone willing to teach because the news media will choose to publically air your dirty laundry.

July 20, 2011 at 8:25 a.m.
UTfan28 said...

I think that the Chattanooga police should focus on solving and preventing some of the recent shootings that have happened around town:

3440 Wilcox Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37411
2008 Bennett Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37404
5332 Wilcox Blvd,Chattanooga, TN 37411
1112 Bennett Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37411
8654 Smithson Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37404

Why are we worried about a some men and women with low self esteem that just want to get a little loving? I believe that this city has bigger problems to worry about. Again... innocent until proven guilty is right!

July 20, 2011 at 11:01 a.m.
sage1 said...

Well...It's pretty obvious none of those arrested were Illegal Aliens. If any of them had been, this operation would be un-constitutional.

July 20, 2011 at 11:19 a.m.
brokentoe said...

The fact that the teacher sought an ADULT prostitute is a good thing. At least he's less likely to molest the kids, after all, teen molesters don't hire adult hookers

Lib4, many of your hookers are underage teens. You really must keep up with the news. I don't agree that this man could lose his job over this. However, prostitution is not a victimless crime. As many women, and men too, are often forced into the trade. Then there's always the potential for contracting a deadly STD individuals can pass on to their spouse. Is this teacher someone you know? Is that why you've switched gears from your normal mode of attack? Or is it because he's from Signal Mtn. and not from the 'hood?

July 20, 2011 at 4:08 p.m.

Is this man from Signal Mountain? Most teachers in the Chattanooga-Hamilton county school systems do not live in the communities in which they teach. What if he lives in St. Elmo, Red Bank, North Chattanooga? Perhaps you should gather all information before you make such statements. Yours is just as biased as what you accuse the other person of doing. When you find the area in which he lives, let us all know.

July 20, 2011 at 5:47 p.m.
baileysmom said...

Totally agree with cildawg1. My sentiments exactly!

July 20, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.
dude_abides said...

Signal Mountain sure seems star crossed, what with all the fighting, falsifying of teacher records and now prostitution. I hear there are some teachers becoming available in Atlanta soon that might be able to bring this den of iniquity up to a higher standard.

July 20, 2011 at 9:01 p.m.
gr0wup said...
  1. Does it really matter where he is from? The action is wrong no matter why attack Signal Mountain?
  2. dude_abides, have you even looked into Signal Mountain at all? Hmm...Last time I checked they were the ONLY International Baccalaureate school in the area. Do they still need Atl teachers?
  3. As it has been said already, innocent until proven guilty?????
July 21, 2011 at 12:30 p.m.

Part one of two- part to to follow soon. Were he a politician he would use this as a chance to make a promise to promote stricter laws related to prostitution. Were he a Baptist preacher, he could repent in front of his congregation and receive God’s forgiveness and preach about it for the next 20 years and write a book and make a profit. Equal Protection Under the Law and Innocence Until Proven Guilty are hallmarks that have distinguished the United States since the country was established. It became a model for countless nations to follow. These two civil liberties are often manipulated and are applied in various ways depending upon the circumstance. IN THIS CASE, Equal Protection should apply under the interpretation that ONLY ONE MAN OUT of ELEVEN has been publicly Singled-Out and crucified by Sensationalist MEDIA. JUST because he is an educator, it DOES NOT justify this undue focus on ONE man out of ELEVEN all accused in exactly the same way and for the same reason. Teachers, like all other citizens, should obey the civil law. Everyday, countless citizens violate laws. Only those whom have acted in ways that impact the society as a whole or are so heinous or severe generally ever receive MEDIA scrutiny. The charge this man will face is a misdemeanor; it is not a felony. Daily countless people stand before judges to receive sentences for felonies and are not subjected to personal defamation by the media. Why should a teacher be done so? If the action has nothing to do with his job performance, students, fellow teachers, or in any way related to his chosen profession, then why should something of a personal nature be subject to such scrutiny. How many teachers engage in activities daily that may be considered immoral or even be illegal that never reflects on their performance in the classroom. Teachers are the first to be crucified by the media as if they are not allowed to have a personal life. Like many other people who are dedicated professionals, why are teachers not allowed to have a personal life? In this case either all of the men involved should have been identified, their profession disclosed and receive the same treatment as this man.

July 21, 2011 at 9:05 p.m.
singer101 said...

The problem is not Signal Mountain. The fight that happened a few years ago was NOT Signal Mountain's fault. The Mccallie boys were the ones who decided to come on Signal Mountain's property drunk and pick a fight with the students there. Notice that the Mccallie boys are the ones in jail not any of the Signal Mountain students. As someone mentioned before, of course only Signal Mountain was recognized on here.When Signal Mountain has something bad happen, it is all over the internet and newspapers but if things like that happen at another high school notice it isn't splashed every where. In this article it is completely unfair for them to only point out Mr. Henley. There were 10 other people who made his same mistake, why was he the only one pointed out? it really fair for you to judge what goes on at the school when I guarantee that you do not attend Signal Mountain or even live there because of the way you are promoting Atlanta? You say all the fights? The only bad fight that happened was the one with Mccallie and as I stated before that was the boys from Mccallie's fault. Notice I didn't blame the school, just the boys from that school. Other than that there haven't been any major fights, there has at other high schools but do you see them in the paper, no. Also as what gr0wup said, Signal Mountain is the only IB school in the region which most people would say is high standard.

July 23, 2011 at 10:04 a.m.
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