Alabama teacher charged with having sexual contact with teen
PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama high school science teacher has been charged with having sexual contact with a teenage student, according to authorities.
Franklin County deputies arrested Phil Campbell High School teacher Jerry Jordan Benford late Sunday after receiving a complaint that the 28-year-old educator had a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old student, the agency said.
Phil Campbell administrators released a statement Monday announcing Benford was placed on leave pending the investigation.
“Mr. Benford was placed on leave by the Franklin County Board of Education during a special called board meeting this morning,” the statement said, adding that officials could not comment further.
Benford was booked into jail on a charge of sexual contact by a school employee, officials said. He was being held Monday without bond, news outlets reported.
It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney who could comment for him.