A Pell City teacher has been arrested and accused of rape. Heather Whitten is a 5th grade teacher at Williams Intermediate School.
She was arrested Friday and charged with second degree rape. Whitten was suspended by the Pell City School system after her arrest.
The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office is leading this investigation and the lead investigator said this afternoon he received the allegations against Whitten on Friday. By Friday night around 6 p.m. Whitten was arrested and charged with second degree rape.
We're told the alleged victim is a male under the age of 16 but investigators aren't saying whether he is a student at Williams Intermediate School where Whitten is a 5th grade language arts teacher.
According to her bio on the Williams Intermediate School website, Whitten graduated from Pell City High School in 1992, graduated from Auburn University in 1997 with a degree in health administration and earned a masters in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from the University of West Alabama in 2011. Her bio says she is married with three children.
Whitten bonded out of jail on a $5,000 bond Friday night. She hasn't made her first court appearance yet.
Second-degree rape is defined in the 2006 AL statute as follows (according to Justia.com):
"a) A person commits the crime of rape in the second degree if:
(1) Being 16 years old or older, he or she engages in sexual intercourse with a member of the opposite sex less than 16 and more than 12 years old; provided, however, the actor is at least two years older than the member of the opposite sex.
(2) He or she engages in sexual intercourse with a member of the opposite sex who is incapable of consent by reason of being mentally defective.
(b) Rape in the second degree is a Class B felony."
An attorney representing Whitten released a statement saying that Whitten had resigned her teaching post as of Monday and that the allegations made against her were not related to the Williams Intermediate School or the Pell City School System. Click here to read the full statement.
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