A Marshall County Schools employee at Asbury High School was arrested Monday for inappropriate behavior with a student.
Leslie Rains, 28, of Albertville, was arrested and charged with engaging in a sexual act with a student under the age of 19 — a class B Felony.
In a statement to 1819, Marshall County School Board superintendent Dr. Cindy Wigley said, "As soon as allegations of misconduct were brought to our attention, the District reported these allegations to authorities, conducted a prompt investigation, and then took immediate action."
She added, "As a result, the board accepted the instructional assistant's resignation the same morning this matter was brought to the District's attention. As always, the safety of our students in Marshall County Schools remains our highest priority."
Marshall County Sheriff Phil Sims stated, "On November 30, 2023, School Officials and SRO Deputies received information of a school employee acting inappropriately with a student at Asbury High School. An investigation was immediately initiated by investigators and school officials."
He continued, "At this time, no other details can be released due to the age of the victim. Rains was set a property bond at $25,000."
"As soon as we received this report, my office and Marshall County school officials acted promptly to resolve this matter," Sims added. "The individual was removed from further contact with any students during the investigation. We take the safety and protection of the students serious and when matters like this arise, we will act expeditiously."
1819 News reached out to the Alabama State Board of Education for comment regarding this and other examples of teachers engaging in criminal behavior with students across the state. The State Board of Education has not responded.
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