NASHVILLE (press release)—A former Tennessee teacher who served time in prison for having sex with a student has been arrested on felony charges for introducing contraband into a state prison. Tennessee Department of Correction special agents arrested Pamela Rogers on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015, at her home in Clarkrange, Tennessee and transported her to Memphis, where she is being held on a $50,000 bond.
Her arrest follows an extensive investigation by TDOC special agents that began in February 2015, after they received information that several cell phones had been found in a package being mailed into Mark Luttrell Correctional Complex (MLCC) in Memphis. The investigation concluded that Rogers and two current inmates at MLCC, Candice McCarter and Billie Joe Carden, worked together to plan the introduction of cell phones into the prison. On May 28th, 2015, a Shelby County grand jury indicted Rogers, McCarter and Carden on five counts of felony introduction of contraband into a state penal facility. McCarter and Carden have been served with felony indictments and remain at MLCC in Memphis without bond.
This investigation is ongoing and the Tennessee Department of Correction continues to work closely with 25th District Attorney General Mike Dunavant, who has been named special prosecutor in the case.
The Tennessee Department of Correction continues to vigorously combat the introduction of contraband into its prisons and will seek the prosecution of anyone found attempting to do so.
Pamela Rogers, a former teacher, was released from prison in 2012 after serving more than six years for sexual battery by an authority figure and exploitation of a minor by electronic means stemming from a case involving one of her students out of Warren County, Tennessee. That case gained national media attention.