Randolph County teacher faces additional rape, sex abuse charges in Calhoun County

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ANNISTON, Ala. (WIAT) — The 7th Judicial Major Crimes unit is investigating the case in which a Randolph County teacher is accused of engaging in sexual acts with a 15-year-old student. 

Clay County and Randolph County Sheriff’s Office requested the investigation after learning of the possibility that teacher, David Burkhalter, had brought the victim to the Calhoun/Cleburne County area where the 7th Judicial Major Crimes unit serves. 

Through a joint investigation it was determined, the major crimes unit reports, that Burkhalter had in fact brought the victim to the Calhoun County area and engaged in illegal and inappropriate activity with the victim. 

Warrants were sought through the 7th Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office and secured against Burkhalter. His charges include second-degree rape, two counts of second-degree sodomy, school employee sexual contact bond, and second-degree sex abuse. His bond totals to $55,500.

Burkhalter is currently in the Randolph County Jail with charges and faces additional charges in Clay County, officials say. The Randolph County Jail has placed a hold on Burkhalter for the 7th Judicial Major crimes Unit if he potentially makes bond there. 

The attorney of Burkhalter filed a motion, Saturday, to reduce the teacher’s bond set at $1.5 million.  

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