Alabama court rules against teacher on sexual contact

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama Supreme Court has reversed a lower court ruling that overturned the misdemeanor conviction of a Lowndes County teacher for having sexual contact with a student under 19.

Charles Marquis Simmons was convicted in district court and then appealed to circuit court, where he was convicted again. The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals overturned his conviction last year. It said the circuit court lacked jurisdiction because a complaint filed by the student’s mother was used in district court but was not included in the circuit court case.

The Supreme Court issued a 7-2 decision Friday reversing the lower court. The majority said the lack of the document used to charge Simmons did not affect the circuit court’s jurisdiction.

Simmons was sentenced to 30 days in jail.

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