Anniston police on Friday charged an Anniston High School teacher with sexual abuse crimes, officials said.
Shedrick Bernard Long, 46, turned himself into the Anniston Police Department on Friday after the Calhoun County District Attorney’s Office issued warrants on a second-degree sexual abuse charge and a charge of having sexual contact with a student under 19 as a school employee, Anniston police Sgt. Kyle Price wrote in a news release.
Price said by phone on Friday that the alleged abuse occurred between Aug. 1 and when a report was made on Sept. 6. The incidents, Price said, occurred at the high school. The day after the incidents were reported, the Anniston City Schools Board of Education voted to place a teacher on administrative leave after an executive session but declined to name the teacher. After an investigation, warrants were issued for Long’s arrest on Thursday, according to the release.
Long worked as a career technology teacher at the high school, according to the school’s website.
Superintendent Darren Douthitt said Friday that Long was still on paid administrative leave, and that the matter was being handled by law enforcement.
“As quick as we have firm details we’ll manage it according to our policies,” Douthitt said. “My main concern is in regards to the staff and students impacted by such an allegation.”
Long also resigned from his position as a part-time police officer with the Talladega Police Department on Sept. 8, Talladega City Manager Patrick Bryant wrote in an email. Bryant said Long did not disclose his reasons for resigning.
“He made us aware that he had been placed on administrative leave at the school, but he did not elaborate on the circumstances regarding that placement,” Bryant wrote. “He basically said he wanted to resign because he had too many personal things he needed to attend to. We accepted his resignation.”
Second-degree sexual abuse is a Class A misdemeanor while sexual contact with a student by a teacher is a Class C felony, according to Alabama law.
An appeal pending before a state court could have an effect on this case. Last month in Morgan County, a circuit judge dismissed a case against a Decatur High School teacher charged with having sex with two students after the judge found the law to be overbroad and unconstitutional. Prosecutors filed an appeal of the judge’s ruling to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals the day after the ruling.