Court records: Pickens Academy teacher had sex with student in cemetery


CAROLLTON, Ala. (WIAT) — Two days after Pickens Academy teacher Charli Parker was arrested on sex with student charges, her husband James “Jamie” Parker, also a teacher at the same school, is now in jail on the same charge.

Thursday, new information emerged from court documents alleging that Charli Parker is accused of having sex with a male student 11 times over the past two years. The records claim Charli Parker had sex with the student at a Pickens County Cemetery, and was also involved sexually with him at her house.

Both Charli Parker and Jamie Parker are each facing charges of a school employee engaging in a sex act with a student less than 19 years old.

James Parker is facing six counts, Sheriff Abston said. Abston said the alleged interactions happened with one student from 2014-2015.

The case has shocked the small community of Carrollton.

Charlie Parker is also the girls’ basketball coach at the private school in Carrollton, and her husband is the men’s basketball coach. He is accused of engaging in a sexual act with a former female student, District Attorney Chris McCool said.

“The incidents are separate and unrelated in place and manner of commission. None of the criminal sexual activity occurred at the school,” McCool said in a statement Wednesday.

Charli Parker bonded out of jail, but her husband is still behind bars at the county jail and faces the same charge of a school employee engaging in sex act with a student less than 19 years old. According to Pickens County Sheriff David Abston, someone discovered what was going on and notified police. The sheriff and the district attorney did not want to comment Thursday, but some residents are disgusted.

“My initial reaction is shock that this could happen in Pickens County. Because we were all taught that teachers were people you could look up too and know they would protect our children,” Pickens County resident Barbara Pointer said.

If convicted on the charges, the two teachers could face a sentence of two to 20 years in prison. The investigation is ongoing.

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