SHELBY COUNTY, Alabama -- A 38-year-old teacher and band director at Oak Mountain Middle School has been charged with three counts of sexual abuse following an investigation into possible inappropriate contact with a student, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office said today.
The teacher charged, Jeffrey Scott Atkins, of Alabaster, was arrested Thursday after the Shelby County Board of Education contacted the Alabama Department of Human Resources and the Shelby County Sheriff's Office to investigate whether he had improper contact with a student at the school, the sheriff's office said in a news release.
The sheriff's office release states that its investigation determined "that communication between the teacher and the student using phone texts and social media outlets was sexual in nature."
Atkins, who is in jail on bonds totaling $555,000, is also charged with one count of enticing a child to enter a vehicle, house, etc., for immoral purposes, the news release states.
He has also been charged with one count of a school employee having sexual contact with a student under the age of 19.