BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A teacher at John Carroll Catholic High School has resigned after allegations concerning “heavy petting” involving them and two students arose. A parent notified the school of the situation. They then began their own investigation into it. Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is also conducting an investigation into the matter.
According to the sheriff’s office, the investigation involves a 25-year-old male teacher and two 17-year-old female students. The sheriff’s office says no charges have been filed at this point.
However, Chief Deputy Randy Christian says the allegations they are investigating carry the potential for misdemeanor charges, but if they find evidence of anything beyond inappropriate touching of a sexual nature, then there could be felony charges
“This first came to our attention last Friday, Feb. 14, and the information we have so far is that John Carroll High School – a 25-year-old male teacher, the report is that there was inappropriate contact with two 17-year-old female students,” Christian said.
The school released the following statement to all the parents of students of John Carroll.
Dear John Carroll Families,
In the interest of open and transparent communication we would like to share with you the following statement:
Recently, we were made aware of unfortunate incidents involving two of our students and a teacher. Once notified by a concerned parent of a possible student-teacher relationship, we contacted DHR and notified our legal counsel who, in turn, hired a private investigator who aided the principal in investigating the allegations. Once it was determined that the allegations appeared credible and criminal, we contacted the Sherriff’s department who is in the process of conducting their own investigation. The teacher has resigned. At this point, the allegations which have been revealed deal with situations of heavy petting.
The protection of minors is of the highest priority at John Carroll. The school is in a position to respond to the needs of its students and staff.
Charlie McGrath, Principal
Christian says they believe the incident happened off campus and possibly during the summer months.
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