Morgan County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Suspect in Vandalism of Four Churches

Skyler J. Aslinger, 23

Earlier today, as many folks showed up to church, they discovered that overnight someone vandalized their church facilities. All the churches were along Highway 62 in the Coalfield area. Big Mountain Baptist, Fellowship Baptist, Middle Creek Baptist, and Mt. Carmel Cumberland Presbyterian all received some sort of damage. Most were broken windows and doors and a spray-painted symbol. He entered one building but it is unclear if he stole anything from that church.

Facebook posts show some of the damage, along with security footage that was shared by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. By 12pm tips led to the arrest of 23-year-old Skyler J. Aslinger of Oliver Springs. With the assistance of the Oliver Springs Police Department, sheriff’s deputies took him into custody.

Aslinger is facing four counts of Vandalism and one count of burglary. He’s being held in the Morgan County Jail under a $12,000 bond.

Damage at Mt. Carmel Cumberland Presbyterian Church – Photo by Lisa Layne on Facebook

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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