Sunday, April 03, 2016
Two married teachers at an Alabama private school are accused of having sexual relations with students
This has been extensively reported but seems unusual. I note that the date of the news report is April 1
Charli Parker was arrested Monday, and James Franklin Parker was booked in on Wednesday. Charli Parker is accused of having sex with a student at a cemetery.
Charli Parker is a teacher at a private school in western Alabama. So is her husband, James Parker.
On Monday, she was arrested — accused of having sex with a student, the Alabama Media Group reported.
Two days later, her husband was arrested on the same charge, involving a different victim.
James “Jamie” Parker was booked into the Pickens County Jail and charged with engaging in a sex act with a student under the age of 19 as a school employee, according to District Attorney J. Chris McCool.
Charli Parker also faces accusations of carrying on a sexual relationship with a student, from October 2014 until March 2016, according to court documents.
After the arrests, Jamie and Charli Parker were suspended from their positions at Pickens Academy, according to statements from the school in Carrollton, Ala., not far from the Mississippi border.
“I want to make clear that none of the crimes occurred on campus at [Pickens Academy] and that the administration there has cooperated fully with the investigation,” McCool, the district attorney, said in an email to The Post on Friday.
McCool told The Post that Jamie Parker’s alleged victim is a former female student; Charli Parker’s alleged victim is a male student.
According to court documents, investigators believe Charli Parker and a student met several times for sexual encounters, including at a cemetery.
On Thursday, court officials told the Dispatch, a newspaper in nearby Columbus, Miss., that warrants for Jamie Parker’s case weren’t available yet.
“The incidents involving the husband and wife are separate and unrelated in place and manner of commission,” McCool, the prosecutor, told AL.com.
Charli Parker, 30, taught and coached girls’ basketball at Pickens Academy, the Alabama Media Group reported. Jamie Parker, 32, was also a teacher-coach at the school, according to AL.com.