PE teacher, 22, ‘had sex with teen pupil’
An Alabama teacher has been charged after she allegedly had sex with a pupil.
Catherine Lynn Coffey was apprehended and charged with engaging in a sex act with a pupil under the age of 19 and engaging in sexual contact with a student.
The 22-year-old resource and softball teacher had worked at Madison County Elementary School (MCES).
But, officers said the alleged victim attended the county’s high school.
In arresting documents, the county sheriff’s office said the alleged offences happened between August and December 2019.
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It added that cops learned about the allegations between Coffey and the pupil on February 24.
Investigators interviewed and then arrested Coffey.
They did not release any more information about the alleged victim.
On the school’s website, Coffey said she recently got a degree in Elementary and Collaborative Education from Birmingham-Southern College.
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In her bio, the former teacher said: “I enjoy anything outdoors, working and spending time with family and friends.
“I am very excited about joining the MCES team.”
Sheriff Kevin Turner told local media: “Once our agency received these criminal allegations, a case report was generated, and an investigation was conducted immediately.”
Madison County Schools then released a statement, which said: “The individual in question is an employee of our school system and she has been placed on administrative leave.
“We are cooperating with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department and since this is an active investigation, all other questions should be directed toward the Madison County Sherriff’s Department.”
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If convicted, Coffey could face up to 30 years behind bars and a lifetime on the sex offender register.
It is the latest sexually-related allegations to be made against a teacher.
Last month, Ellarea Silva was arrested after she allegedly bedded a boy nine times at her home when her own child was in the house .
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