25 years for former teacher, toy store clerk who arranged sex with 8-year-old

GREENEVILLE, TN (AP) - A federal court in Greeneville has sentenced a longtime school teacher to prison for 25 years in a child sex sting.

Joseph Wayne Jennings was arrested when he showed up a Morristown motel in June 2009, lured by an Internet exchange with a Knoxville police officer posing as a woman who offered her 8-year-old daughter for sex. Investigators said the 54-year-old former Claiborne County school teacher carried sex toys and a Hannah Montana poster.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported U.S. District Judge Ronnie Greer told Jennings on Tuesday he couldn't risk endangering other children by imposing a lesser sentence.

After teaching school for 30 years, Jennings worked as a toy store clerk.

In court, he offered no explanation for his actions.

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