A pair of Tennessee elementary school teachers, one identifying as transgender and the other as gender nonbinary, were arrested on prostitution charges on Wednesday.
Ezra Fray, 22, and David Acedevo, 25, were employed by Hamilton County Schools, serving as substitute teachers at Woodmore and Calvin Donaldson Elementary Schools.
The Chattanooga Police Narcotics and Vice Detectives initiated the investigation after an officer, masquerading as a potential client, made contact with Fry through an undisclosed online platform known for illicit activities. ABC9, referencing the police report, revealed that Fry had allegedly expressed willingness to engage in sexual acts in exchange for $150. Fry communicated to the undercover officer that while they typically visited clients, it would be more secure for the “john” to come to their residence, especially given it was the “john’s” purported first time.
When the detective reached the educators’ home, Fry reportedly guided him to a room and accepted the agreed-upon fee. The detective then revealed his undercover identity to the would-be prostitutes, placing them both under arrest. Both teachers cited their dire financial situation as a reason for their actions.
“I don’t care, everyone has seen my [private parts],” Fry allegedly said during the teacher’s encounter with the officer.
The police search yielded more than just evidence of prostitution. Officers found “a large amount of drug paraphernalia” and a .22-caliber rifle in the teachers’ residence. Consequently, the duo faced multiple misdemeanor charges, encompassing unlawful drug paraphernalia, prostitution or promoting prostitution and illegal possession of a firearm.
Hamilton County Schools, when approached for a statement, disclosed that Fry, an employee of Education Management and Staffing Solutions (ESS), had not been active in any district school since August.
Earlier this year, Fry had been the subject of controversy for openly identifying as transgender at school. This came to light when a photograph of Fry, donning a dress and sporting pink hair, circulated on social media platforms. Addressing the issue, Fry told the Chattanooga Times, “I’m a non-binary person, and I keep my gender out of my job. Obviously this whole thing has blown up because people think I am.” Following this incident, ESS communicated to Fry that the school in question had requested Fry’s removal.
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