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Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014 1:18 pm | Updated: 9:13 am, Fri Feb 7, 2014.

A former Lakeview Middle School band teacher has been arrested for a second time in 15 months after a second alleged victim has come forward stating she had a sexual encounter with him.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office:

Thomas Harold Blevins III, 30, turned himself over to authorities Wednesday, Feb. 5, and was booked into jail around 7:20 p.m.

The arrest is the second such incident involving Blevins. He was arrested in December 2012 on similar charges that he molested a 13-year-old girl while he was the band instructor at Lakeview Middle.

Blevins ultimately resigned from his job, after the girl reported the alleged acts to the school system. He was held in the Catoosa County jail for a significant period of time before being released on bond.

According to a news release issued by Catoosa County sheriff Gary Sisk Thursday morning (Feb. 6), the Sheriff’s Office, along with agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, presented evidence to the Catoosa County grand jury on Wednesday in regards to a second victim who has come forward with allegations against Blevins.

“Evidence was obtained from the second victim to corroborate the allegations prior to the special presentment indictments,” Sisk said.

Blevins has garnered new charges of two counts of sexual assault of a student, two counts of child molestation, one count of enticing a child for indecent purposes, and one count of false imprisonment.

According to Thursday’s release, Blevins is being held at this time without bond, and is awaiting a bond hearing on Friday, Feb. 7.

Blevins’ last known attorney regarding the first charges was Atlanta-based defense attorney Scott King, who represented Tonya Craft in 2010.

Following his 2012 arrest, Blevins’ family and friends created a Facebook page titled “We Support Thomas Blevins,” which has accumulated more than 400 “likes” to date.

The last post from the page was entered on Christmas Day 2013, wishing supporters a happy holiday and talked about how Blevins was happy to be at home with his family this year.

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