Martha Pope: Alabama high school secretary charged with having sex with student
ELBA, ALABAMA: An Alabama high school secretary, Martha Sasser Pope, 43, was arrested for having sex with a student. The arrest was made Tuesday, October 12 on a felony charge of a school employee engaging in a sex act with a teen at Elba High School. According to court documents, the secretary had intercourse and oral sex with the student on September 10. It is unclear, however, where the alleged sex acts took place.
Pope has been placed on administrative leave since the allegations developed, the Elba City schools superintendent revealed. In a similar incident, an Alabama junior high school teacher, Ashton Alana McCluskey was arrested for having sex with a minor student. Another Alabama teacher Lyndsey Sherrod Bates, 23, pleaded guilty to charges stemming from her sexting and having sexual contact with two students. In June, Australian teacher Monica Young broke down in tears as the court heard how she groomed a teen student into having sex with her, even daring the minor to engage in sex acts on several occasions. A former teacher from Salem, Ohio, Christina Sosbe was also charged and arrested for having sex with students.
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The student is reportedly a 16-year-old boy. Pope was booked into the Coffee County Jail and later was released on bond. Pope’s first court appearance is scheduled for November 10 at the Elba Courthouse. She was booked into the Coffee County Jail on a $5,000 bond. It’s unclear if she’s hired an attorney who could speak on her behalf. Pope was reportedly hired as the high school’s secretary last year and returned in April for the current school year.