Stephanie Henry Pruett, a 28-year-old Calhoun County high school teacher, has been arrested after she was accused of having a sexual relationship with a student. The relationship began last year.
According to reports, Pruett, 28, was taken into custody on Thursday, March 8, and charged with engaging in a sexual act with a student. According to the Weaver High School website, Pruett teaches history and a Bible-as-literature class. This was her first year at Weaver High School.
Pruett was taken from the sheriff’s office to the Calhoun County Jail. Her bond has not yet been set. If convicted, Pruett would face up to 20 years in prison and be required to register as a sex offender. She is on leave with pay.
AL.com reports that Pruett is from Jacksonville and was previously working at Jacksonville State University in the Department of Academic Enhancement as an academic mentor for the athletic department.
This is the latest in a string of teacher sex scandals over the last couple of years.
Over the course of just a few months, educators across the country were arrested for entering into an inappropriate relationship with their students, Tennessee teacher Janet Smothers, LaToya Parker, Florida teacher Caroline Lawson, 26-year-old Allyson Moran and Katherine Ross Ridenhour were all arrested on similar charges.
The list goes on to include 22-year-old Oklahoma science teacher Hunter Day, 28-year-old teacher Megan Kotarski, 23-year-old history teacher Michelle Schiffer, 29-year-old Alyssia Marie Reddy, special education teacher Jordan Ondish and 28-year-old Samantha Fitzpatrick have all been allegedly carrying on inappropriate relationships with their students.
In addition, 31-year-old Nicole Marie Andrews, 32-year-old Jessica Langford, 29-year-old Andrea Baber, 27-year-old Robin Dunlap, 27-year-old Jennifer Olajire-Aro have also been charged with these charges.
42-year-old Heather Butts of California was arrested on a second-degree felony charge, Nancy Leigh Ann Brann, a former Christian school teacher, was arrested for having sex with a student, Coine Audiat pleaded no contest to having sex with a minor in 2016 and 23-year-old Darci Lake was arrested for an inappropriate relationship.