UPDATE: 3/4/14- Crystal Gilliland Clowdus has pleaded guilty this afternoon at her hearing at the Blount County Courthouse. According to AL.com she has pleaded guilty to transmitting obscene material to a minor. Clowdus has received a 10 year sentence, however nine years have been suspended and she will serve one year in the Blount County Correctional Facility, along with house arrest for six months and five years of probation.
Warren Kelley, another teacher arrested at Susan Moore High School, will be facing trial March 17th on charges of “harassment and second-degree sex abuse in connection with the inappropriate touching of a student.”
Coach has been charged following investigation in separate incident in same school
UPDATE: 1/24/14- AL.com is reporting that the Coach under investigation has now been charged with harassment and second-degree sex abuse.
UPDATE: 12/20/13- Susan Moore, Alabama: High school teacher, Crystal Gilliland Clowdus, has now been charged with transmitting obscene material to a child by computer and is being held at the Blount County Correctional Facility.
In another turn of events, the local NBC affiliate WVTM-13, is now reporting that a Coach from the same school is also being put on administrative leave for a separate incident involving a student. This incident was made known yesterday after a classroom complaint. The superintendent, Jim Carr, says both cases are under investigation.
School System under Fire for Failing to Report Incident
Susan Moore School has had its fair share of controversy this year. As reported in March of 2013, a first grade teacher at this school was charged with DUI after being stopped by State Troopers less than a mile from the school she taught first grade students.
In another shocking turn of events, another educator at the school is facing an investigation. The high school teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into allegations that she had inappropriate communications with a student. The incident stems from the teacher “allegedly sending nude photos and text messages that were sexually charged to a student,” and a parent alerting the District Attorney.ABC 33/40 – Birmingham News, Weather, Sports
Though the teacher has yet to be charged, District Attorney Pamela Casey has enlisted the assistance of the Alabama Bureau of Investigation to also assist in a separate investigation linked to the case. It is alleged that both the High School Principal and Superintendent were notified of the matter and neglected to report the incident to the proper authorities for a week or more. The law requires that incidents of this nature to be reported immediately.
More details will follow as this story develops.