A 51-year-old teacher and grandmother has been arrested on charges she had sexual contact with one of her students.
Etowah County sheriff's arrested Sonya Ann Wilks Bailey of Arab, Alabama and charged her with one count of a school employee engaging in a sex act with a student, one count of second-degree sodomy and one count of second-degree rape, according to the website AL.com.
Bailey allegedly sent sexually explicit photographs and text messages, as well as engaged in sexual activity with the student, while teaching computer sciences at West End High School in Walnut Grove, Alabama. AL.com reports that her biography on the school’s website, of which she was the webmaster, said she is married with two children and two grandchildren. The page, which has since been taken down, included a quote saying, “I enjoy working with the students of WEHS and trust that they will leave my class having learned something beneficial toward their future.”
Following her arrest Monday, the Etowah County Board of Education staged an emergency meeting. School superintendent Dr. Alan Cosby later said, “Mrs. Bailey resignation was accepted by the Etowah County Board of Education on August 28th. Her resignation was accepted after these allegations came to light. We are fully cooperating with the Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney’s Office in this case.”
According to The Gadsden Times, Bailey is the third Etowah County teacher in two years to be charged for inappropriate contacts with students. In January 2016, chemistry teacher Andrea Elliot Means was arrested for allegedly having sex with a student at Southside High School, and in February 2016, Gaston School math teacher Kayla Lynn Hodges was arrested on four misdemeanor charges of violating Alabama’s law against school employees having sexual contact with students. Charges against both teachers, however, were later dismissed.
Bailey’s second-degree rape and sodomy charges indicate that the victim was younger than 16 when the alleged crimes occurred. She was booked into the Etowah County Detention Center on $60,000 property bond and is to have no contact with the victim or their family as a condition of her bond.
[Photo: Etowah County Jail]