KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Detectives Arrest Individual for Statutory Rape by an Authority Figure

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660 • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Detectives Arrest Individual for Statutory Rape by an Authority Figure
DATE: August 29, 2014
On August 27, 2014 Ethan J. Tate was indicted by the Sullivan County Grand Jury for thirteen (13) counts of Statutory Rape by an Authority Figure. The following day, at approximately 2:30 PM, Kingsport Police Department Detectives tracked down Mr. Tate at 1920 Diana Road in Kingsport and placed him under arrest. He was transported to the Kingsport City Jail for processing and later transferred to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville, where he is being held in lieu of a $50,000 bond.

Mr. Tate’s arrest stems from an extensive investigation into his intimate involvement with a female teenager who was 16 years of age at the time the relationship originated. K.P.D. Detectives learned that Mr. Tate had a series of no less than thirteen (13) sexual encounters with the teenager over a period of approximately six months, between September of 2013 and February of 2014.

At the time of these incidents, Mr. Tate was serving in the Sullivan County School System in the capacity of an Assistant Band Director, placing him in a position of authority over his teenage victim.

Due to the sensitive nature of this case and the age of the victim, no additional information will be released at this time.

Name Ethan J. Tate
Age Date of Birth 12/27/1990

23 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 807 University Parkway

Johnson City, TN

Charge(s) Statutory Rape by an Authority Figure (13 Counts)

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit