A south Alabama substitute teacher was arrested Monday amid allegations of inappropriate contact with students.
The Dale County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest 21-year-old Darius Salter of Midland City. Chief Deputy Mason Bynum said sheriff’s investigators Monday morning were contacted by administrators with the Dale County Board of Education with information of a potential inappropriate relationship between a student and a substitute teacher who worked at South Dale Middle School and Dale County High School.
Administrators promptly followed protocols and removed the substitute teacher from the classroom and notified the sheriff’s office, Bynum said. By afternoon, sheriff’s officials had charged Salter with two counts of possession of obscene matter.
As the investigation developed, authorities identified multiple male student victims. Police and school investigators worked jointly to contact the victims’ parents.
“The investigation is still ongoing but based on our preliminary investigation all communication between the suspect and victims was done electronically,” Bynum said. “We do not believe any sexual contact was made between the victims and the suspect. As the investigation continues, we anticipate additional charges to be filed.”
Salter has been booked into the Dale County Jail. He’ll have a first appearance hearing Tuesday morning.
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