Leeds PD investigating alleged improper teacher-student behavior

LEEDS, Ala. (WIAT) – A middle school teacher resigned Wednesday after a teen came forward with allegations of a relationship. Now, the investigation is in the hands of the Leeds Police Department.

“We’ve taken a statement from the student and from the father,” said John Moore, Superintendent of Leeds City Board of Education. “We have turned that over the DHR and to the Leeds police. They both have an active investigation.”

And that investigation is into whether or not Ashley Casiday, an eighth grade Leeds Middle School teacher, participated in an inappropriate relationship with that student. One thing is for certain, the married mother of two, and relatively new teacher is no longer employed by the district.

“She was given the option of going on administrative leave while the matter was investigated or given the option to resign and she chose to resign,” Moore said.

The board formally accepted that resignation at an emergency meeting this afternoon. And above everything, Moore wanted to reassure parents their children are safe.

“This is not a predatory situation, and I would let parents know that,” claimed Moore. “We have no evidence that anyone else is prepared to make an allegation and if they do we will certainly take it seriously and act swiftly.”

Although both DHR and the Leeds Police Department are investigating this case, the teacher, Ashley Casiday, has not been charged with any crime nor has she been arrested.

Chief of Police Byron Jackson says the investigation is ongoing.

CBS42 will update this story with more information as it becomes available.

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