Teacher arrested for sex with student just days after wife arrested on similar charge

PICKENS COUNTY, AL (WCMH) – A teacher at an Alabama school was arrested on charges of having sex with a student, just days after his wife was arrested on the same charge.

James Parker, 32 was arrested Wednesday afternoon, WIAT reported.

His wife, Charli Parker was arrested Monday and is facing a charge of school employee engaging in a sex act with a student under the age of 19 years.

“The incidents are separate and unrelated in place and manner of commission. None of the criminal sexual activity occurred at the school,” said District Attorney Chris McCool,

McCool said James Parker is a coach and teacher at Pickens Academy in Carrollton, Ala. He said the allegation involves a former female student.

The charge against Charli Parker involves a male student and the sex acts did not occur at the school, according to McCool.

This case is just one of almost a dozen in Alabama this year, which prompted talks about mandatory for training for teachers when it comes to relationships with students, “well it’s necessary because some of them might not know, but they should be adults,” said Carrollton resident Betty Davis.

“I don’t think it’s right because I have children and grandchildren, and I wouldn’t want my children to have to go through that,” said Davis.

Brad White, Headmaster of Pickens Academy, released the following statement after the arrest of Charli Parker:

The primary concern of Pickens Academy is the safety of our students, Pickens Academy is very upset about the allegations against our employee.  The employee will be suspended immediately and further action may be taken upon investigation.  I request prayers for our school family and for all the families involved.

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