OCTOBER 15, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MARYVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF RAPE OF A CHILD

MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE – Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong said deputies arrested a Maryville man Monday evening on two warrants for rape of a child.

Leslie Elton Obanion, 35, Coker Road, Maryville, is in custody in the Blount County Correctional Facility on two counts of rape of a child. Obanion is being held on bonds totaling $1 million pending a hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court at 9 a.m. October 18.

Sheriff’s Office investigators took over the investigation that was started by the Alcoa Police Department after it was determined that Obanion committed the crimes at residences in Blount County. Obanion admitted to investigators that between November 2018 and September 2019, he sexually molested two male juveniles, ages 10 and 11. The boys are not related to Obanion. Sheriff’s deputies and investigators arrested Obanion at his residence on Coker Road Monday evening.

Investigators are continuing their investigation