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Alabama teacher charged with sodomy for allegedly engaging in sex with student in class during school hours

February 22, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Alabama teacher charged with sodomy for allegedly engaging in sex with student in class during school hours

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An Alabama middle school history teacher who “was loved by all” was charged with sodomy for allegedly engaging in sex act with a female student in his classroom.

John Daniel Hamilton, 51, is facing up to 20 years behind bars if found guilty on charges which include second-degree sodomy and school employee engaging in a sexual act with a student. He was taken into custody on Tuesday, WKRG reported.

During a press conference, Baldwin County District Attorney Bob Wilters said that another student at Central Baldwin Middle School in Robertsdale reported the purported relationship between Hamilton and the student.

Following a two-week investigation, detectives discovered that Hamilton and the victim — whose identity has not been revealed due to her age — participated in several sexual acts in Hamilton’s classroom during school hours.

Investigators believe the purported sexual activity only occurred on school grounds.

According to reports, Hamilton was a well-liked and popular teacher at the school, known in the halls as “Danny.” He was also a bus driver for the district, where he has been working since 2000. On February 5th, fe was placed on administrative leave, but he is still listed on the school’s online teaching directory.

Baldwin County Superintendent Eddie Tyler told WALA that Hamilton’s keys and his computer had been seized and said in a statement that the district has “zero tolerance” for individuals who take advantage of students.

“I am at a loss how anyone can harm a child,” Tyler said. “All of the things we see on the news make me ask, where is our moral compass?”

All district workers must pass a background check before being hired, but the measure is no indicator of “future behavior,” Tyler added.

“Those who are convicted of these despicable crimes deserve the harshest consequences possible under the law,” Tyler stated.

One person, who wanted to remain anonymous, told WKRG that they were shocked by the arrest.

“My heart aches that he found himself in this situation,” the unidentified person said. “He was a favorite. Loved by all. Everyone liked him. Always happy and smiling.”

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