Sex crimes allegations and charges will often arise between students and teachers, students and coaches or other authorities. In a high-profile case, an Alabama high school band teacher has been accused of forcing at least 8 female students into what authorities have labeled, “bondage-style sex.” The alleged victims have stated that the band teacher abused them over a three-year period. The teacher was arrested earlier this month and could face severe charges and penalties. The 32-year-old band teacher has been accused of gagging and tying up students and using bondage devices on them in the band room at a high school in Brewton.
Individuals who are accused of a sex crime or who are under investigation with regards to allegations of sexual abuse should consult with an experienced attorney. Our Birmingham sex crimes defense attorneys understand the severity of a sex crime allegation and the potential penalties faced by defendants. In addition to a conviction with potential penalties of fines or jail time, offenders will be placed on the sex offender registry for life. Our priority is to minimize the consequences of a sex crime allegation by protecting your rights through strategic and informed advocacy. We will work to protect your reputation, your family, and your future.
By all accounts, this teacher was a favorite among students and had a positive reputation throughout the district. According to a web bio, the teacher improved the band program by growing it from 70 to more than 100 students. He had been a teacher for 6 years before the arrest took place in Thomas, Georgia. According to authorities, the defendant was returned to Brewton where he faces one count of a school employee engaging with a sexual act with a student. Despite these initial charges, authorities maintain that this investigation is still in its early stages and the teacher could face additional charges. Authorities are urging other victims to come forward and share their stories.
The investigation started when one of the alleged victims reported her account to police. At the time that the suspected victims suffered the alleged abuses, they were between the ages of 15 and 17. According to reports, the teacher admitted to having sex with one of the students and has also admitted to sending text messages to others. Reports did not indicate whether defendant has hired an attorney since his arrest. If convicted, defendant will likely face the loss of his teachers license, fines, jail time, and be forced to register as a sex offender.
Sexual abuse allegations can negatively impact any professional, especially one that works with children or teens. Sadly, even if a defendant is acquitted or if a student makes false accusations, the stigma can often follow a teacher or professional for the rest of their career. Whether you are under investigation or have been charged with a sex crime, it is never too early or too late to involve an experienced attorney. Your rights are at stake, from the moment of interrogation or arrest, through trial.
For more information or to speak with an experienced Birmingham defense lawyer, contact Steven Eversole at (866) 831-5292.
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