Pell City elementary teacher arrested for rape
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#1 Feb 6, 2012
PELL CITY, AL -- A Pell City fifth-grade teacher was suspended with pay soon after she was arrested on second-degree rape charges Friday, according to the school system superintendent.
Heather Whitten had been teaching at Williams Intermediate School since January, said Pell City superintendent Bobby Hathcock. Whitten taught at Eden Elementary for three years but took time off this summer and fall to go back to school.
St. Clair County District Attorney Richard Minor said Whitten, 38, was released on $500 bond soon after her arrest. Minor said he could not divulge the victim's age or whether the victim was a student at Williams.
Under Alabama state law, second-degree rape occurs when someone 16 or older has sex with someone between the ages of 12 and 16. The suspect must be at least two years older than the victim.
According to the school's website, Whitten lives in Pell City, and is married with three children. She is a 1992 graduate of Pell City High School, with an undergraduate degree in health administration from Auburn in 1997 and a master's in early childhood/elementary education from West Alabama in 2011. That biography was removed from the school's website Monday.
The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office is investigating, Minor said. Efforts to reach officials with the sheriff's office were unsuccessful today.
#2 Apr 4, 2013
Sickening! What if somebody did this her kids!
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