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Alabama Math Teacher Charged With Rape Of 15-Year-Old Student

David Burkhalter is accused of communicating with the teen using a cell phone to set up encounters, asking her on one occasion to meet him in a vehicle for sex.

By Jill Sederstrom

A Alabama high school math teacher has been accused of repeatedly having sex with a 15-year-old student over several months.

David Burkhalter, 30, turned himself into authorities Wednesday after the Wedowee Police Department was contacted earlier this month about a possible inappropriate relationship between Burkhalter and a female student at Randolph County High School, according to a statement from the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department.

During the investigation, the police department along with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department and Clay County Sheriff’s Department determined the accusations were “credible” and that there was enough probable cause to arrest Burkhalter.

The alleged sexual encounters occurred in December and January, according to charging documents obtained by AL.com.

Burkhalter allegedly used a cell phone to communicate with the teen to arrange their meetings. On at least one occasion, the algebra and geometry teacher allegedly invited the student into a vehicle to have sex, records said.

Burkhalter has been charged with two counts of rape in the second degree, one count of sodomy in the second degree, one count of enticing a child, two counts of electronic solicitation of a child for sex and two counts of school employee sex act with a student less than 19 years of age, the sheriff’s office said.

He is being held at the Randolph County jail on a $1,000,000 bond.

David Burkhalter's mug shot

“Law enforcement is working alongside the Office of the District Attorney and the Randolph County School Board to ensure all pertinent steps are taken to ensure a thorough investigation and a successful prosecution of this matter,” the statement said.

Burkhalter had also reportedly worked at Lake Broadcasting, but left the company about eight months ago.

Robert Grantham, director of sales and marketing with LBI Marketing, sent out a statement obtained by WRBL calling Burkhalter a “satisfactory” employee.

“We are shocked and saddened by these events and offer our sympathies to the families involved as the legal system works through these charges,” it said.