Lee Social Worker Indicted

A former Lee County, Virginia social worker has been indicted by the Bell County Grand Jury.

Amanda Celeste Szemak, 38, of Middlesboro, was indicted for first-degree trafficking a controlled substance, greater than two grams of methamphetamine.

In  an earlier report, Middlesboro Police Officer Barry Cowan found Szemak to be in possession of an ounce of crystal meth in July.

  Szemak was employed by the Lee County Department of Social Services at the time of her arrest. She also worked as a social worker in Bean Station, Tennessee from January-October 2011 and with child protective services for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services in Tazewell, Tennessee from June 2006 to 2011.

Szemak was arrested as a passenger in a truck driven by Billy Marlow of Middlesboro in July when the two were parked on the Cumberland Village parking lot. Cowan stated he knew Marlow’s license was suspended and the Toyota truck he was driving appeared to have excessive window tint. When measured, the window tint meter showed 14 percent.

The report said while Cowan used the tint meter, Marlow handed the passenger, Szemak, an ounce of methamphetamine. The meth was later found concealed in Szemak’s pants.

Marlow was charged with excessive windshield/window tinting, operating on a suspended operator’s license and first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Szemak and Marlow were both held on $5,000 cash bonds. Szemak posted bond on July 16.




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