MOULTON — A Moulton Middle School teacher was arrested Monday afternoon for alleged sexual misconduct with a high school student, according to authorities.
Taylor Brooks Boyles, 27, 5216 County Road 87, Moulton, was charged with being a school employee engaging in a sex act or deviant sexual intercourse with a student under the age of 19, Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell said. The charge is a Class B felony, which is punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to $30,000 in fines.
Mitchell said the victim was an 18-year-old high school senior.
A 2010 state law prohibits a school employee from engaging in a sex act or deviant sexual intercourse with a student.
Mitchell said Boyles turned herself in at the Lawrence County Jail shortly after noon. Jail records show Boyles was released after posting $10,000 bail.
Mitchell said the Lawrence County Board of Education and Moulton Police Department assisted in the investigation that began Thursday.
Mitchell said that through the course of the probe, investigators received enough information and evidence to warrant an arrest.
Lawrence County Superintendent Jon Bret Smith said the student involved was not at Boyles' school. He said he was notified of the personnel issue Thursday and placed the employee on administrative leave within two hours.
"Many lives will be negatively affected by these allegations. And this type of instance is bad for our system and education in general," Smith said. "Our employees have worked extremely hard, and I don't want this to overshadow their efforts.
"The alleged events did not occur on a Lawrence County school campus."
At a school board meeting Monday night, Boyles’ contract was non-renewed.
According to the Lawrence County Schools website, Boyles is a fifth-grade math and social studies teacher. It said Boyles was a 2008 graduate of Lawrence County High and 2012 graduate of the University of North Alabama.
Boyles was a teacher in the Lawrence County School System from 2013-14 before becoming an auxiliary teacher in the pre-K program in 2014-15, according to the website.
She was hired full time beginning in the 2015-16 school year.
According to Lawrence County court records, Boyles got married in Decatur in May 2015 and the couple separated in January. In a Feb. 9 complaint for divorce, Boyles said, "this marriage was a mistake. Since our marriage, we have grown apart and the love has gone out of our relationship."
A certificate of divorce was issued April 11.
Two other area teachers are facing similar charges with trials set for Aug. 21.
Decatur High teacher Carrie Witt, 43, is charged with two counts of a school employee having sex with a student. She was suspended from her position after her arrest March 21, 2016, and continues to draw her salary from the school system.
Witt is accused of having sex with a male student who was 17 when the relationship started and another male student who was 18, police have said.
David Solomon, 26, who was a contract teacher at Falkville High School, was fired by the company he worked for after his March 29, 2016, arrest on one count of a school employee having sex with a student.
Solomon, who lives in Huntsville, is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old female student whom he met on Facebook, police said.
Witt’s attorney, Robert Tuten, of Huntsville, is challenging the legality of the state law.
“The statute is extremely overbroad to the point it’s unconstitutional,” Tuten said at an April hearing.
Winfield Sinclair, an assistant Alabama attorney general, said in defending the 2010 law that the state has reasonable and rational grounds to protect schoolchildren from a teacher who views students as “expanding the dating pool.”
“It’s a magician’s trick to make a law seem overbroad,” Sinclair said.
At the hearing, Morgan County Circuit Court Judge Glenn Thompson said there’s no question the state has a legitimate reason to protect children, but seemed concerned that the law isn’t more narrowly drawn.
“It could be any student anywhere with any school employee anywhere?” he asked.
Thompson has not issued a ruling on the constitutionality issue.