A former Madison County teacher, who is accused of sexting two students and having sex with one of them, has been indicted on five criminal charges.
Lyndsey Sherrod Bates, formerly a special education teacher at Madison County High School, could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of a felony charge of engaging in a sex act with a student younger than 19. She is also charged with misdemeanor counts of distributing obscene material to a student and having sexual contact with a student, according to the indictment issued Friday.
The 22-year-old resigned her position and was arrested earlier this year.
“She’s looking forward to clearing this up and having her day in court,” said defense attorney Robert Tuten.
For now Bates still has a teaching certificate, according to the Alabama State Department of Education.
“Alleged misconduct has been reported to the Department,” state education department records state. “(A)t this time, the Department has not proposed any negative action against the individual’s certification or licensure; this status will be updated as soon as possible.”
Bates is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old male student, an investigator wrote in court records. She’s also accused of sending explicit photos to the 17-year-old and a second student, records state. Information about the second student’s age isn’t included in public court filings. Prosecutors have said both students were at least 16 years old, and neither was in special education classes.