CARROLLTON, Ala. – An Alabama private school teacher is accused of taking a teenage student to a cemetery on four occasions to have sex, as well as numerous other romps in different locales.
Court documents revealed Thursday allege Pickens Academy teacher and girl’s basketball coach Charli Parker had sex with a male student a total of 11 times in the last two years, including several sessions at a Pickens County cemetery, WIVB reports.
“The sex acts included sexual intercourse and deviant sexual intercourse, including oral sex, according to a deposition in the case. The interactions took place at Graham Cemetery in Reform, at another location identified only as ‘red wood building’ in Reform, and at the Parkers’ home in Pickensville,” AL.com reports.
“The teacher and student met at least four times at the cemetery, three times at the Parkers’ home and four times at the other Reform location. Two of the meetings happened in October 2014, three times this month and the rest of the incidents don’t have a listed date.’
Parker, 30, was arrested Monday, and her husband Jamie Parker – who is also a teacher and men’s basketball coach at the same school – was arrested two days later on similar charges of engaging in sex acts with an underage student.
“The incidents involving the husband and wife are separate and unrelated in place and manner of commission,” Pickens County District Attorney Chris McCool told the news site.
Jamie Parker is accused of having sex with a former female student under the age of 19, but details on his alleged misdeeds are less clear as police continue to investigate.
Both Parkers face charges of “School Employee Engaging in Sex Act With a Student Under the Age of 19 Years,” though Jamie faces one count and Charli faces 11 counts, WCBI reports.
McCool said none of the alleged sex acts occurred on school property. Pickens County Sheriff David Abston told WIAT that someone alerted police to the alleged sextracurricular activities, but did not divulge who it was.
Both Abston and McCool declined to discuss details of the cases, according to the news site.
Locals, however, were more than willing to express their disgust.
“My initial reaction is shock that this could happen in Pickens County,” resident Barbara Pointer said. “Because we were all taught that teachers were people who you could look up to and know they would protect our children.”
The Parkers both face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Pickens Academy headmaster Brach White issued a prepared statement about the sex abuse allegations.
“We are obviously shocked and dismayed by this allegation and will be working to support all of our students and families in coping with this news,” White wrote, according to AL.com. “The safety and wellbeing of our students is and always will be our top priority. Unfortunately, these events have been a distraction from the many great things that take place at Pickens Academy. I request continued prayers for our school family and for all those involved.”