Kayla Safford, a 24-year-old former substitute teacher in Alabama, has been indicted on charges of having sex with a high school student. Safford was reportedly booked in the Lauderdale County jail on Wednesday, August 1, and has since posted bond.
In an official statement, Police Captain Brad Holmes said that Safford is accused of having sex with an 18-year-old Florence High School student off-campus.
Furthermore, Captain Holmes says evidence shows the relationship happened because of her employment with the school system.
Police say that the investigation started in March 2018.
Safford was working as a contract substitute teacher at the time of the offense and evidence obtained in the investigation shows that the relationship with the student occurred as a result of her employment in the school system, according to police.
Superintendent Jimmy Shaw said Safford was fired as soon as the allegations came to light in April.
Authorities also say that the school system was made aware of the allegations early on in the investigation. They have also confirmed that the student was an 18-year-old male.
Shaw said Safford was hired through a company called Kelly Educational Staffing Services. He said the school district takes student safety seriously. He said Kelly Educational Services requires all contracted employees have an Alabama substitute license, a reference screening and background check.
Safford is just the latest teacher to be charged for an alleged relationship with a teenager student. 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. A woman named Kayla Sprinkles was arrested in North Carolina for similar sexual crimes.
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.
34-year-old Miranda Nicole Pauley was charged with similar crimes, 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. 27-year-old Brittany Zamora from Arizona was arrested on similar charges. Keri Hoffman, 35, was also arrested for an alleged relationship with a student. More recently, 29-year-old Tiffany Ranweiler-Oblander and 33-year-old Maren Oates were arrested on similar charges.