Our Back to School month coverage continues today with former substitute teacher Kayla Safford, who is accused of having sex with an 18-year-old male Florence High School student.
According to WAFF, Safford, 24, turned herself into police last week after a four-month long investigation into her extracurricular activities with the student. She was fired in April and is now facing a felony charge.
Police say detectives were made aware of the allegations in early March and began an investigation. The results were then turned over to the grand jury.
Safford was working as a contract substitute teacher at the time of the offense and evidence obtained in the investigation shows that the relationship with the student occurred as a result of her employment in the school system, according to police.
Superintendent Jimmy Shaw said Safford was fired as soon as the allegations came to light in April.
You might be wondering if Safford has an out here because the alleged victim is 18. Nope. The report adds Alabama law prohibits school employees from sex with students under the age of 19:
Alabama law states: “A person commits the crime of a school employee having sexual contact with a student under the age of 19 years if he or she is a school employee and engages in sexual contact, as defined by Section 13A-6-60(3), with a student, regardless of whether the student is male or female. Consent is not a defense to a charge under this section. The crime of a school employee having sexual contact with a student is a Class C felony.”
Alabama.com notes Safford may also have to register as a sex offender if convicted. She is currently out free after posting $10,000 bail.