ETOWAH COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - The Etowah County Sheriff's Office says investigators have arrested and charged a Southside woman for having sex with a student while she was a teacher employed at the county school system.
Andrea Elliott Means, 28, has been charged with one count of a school employee engaging in a sex act or deviant sexual intercourse with a student under the age of 19.
She was booked into the county detention center and later released on a $10,000 property bond, according to the sheriff's office.
Investigators accuse Means of having sex with a high school student in March 2013. The incident did not occur on school grounds.
Etowah County Superintendent Alan Cosby says the board of education accepted Means' resignation during an emergency meeting Friday, Jan. 8. According to a now deleted web page, Means taught science at Southside High School.
"It is our desire that all our students are in a safe, secure learning environment and it's obviously very disheartening that an incident like this would happen," Cosby told us by phone.
"It's a very sad issue," Natalie Barton with the Etowah County Sheriff's Office said.
Barton said a Southside High School resource officer heard about a disturbing rumor going around at school about Means allegedly having sex with a male student. That resource officer notified the sheriff's office and an investigation began last week.
"It's a very serious crime. Any time you take advantage of someone who is younger than you, any time you break the law, you know, it's a serious situation. It is a conscious decision that she made. Something that is very saddening for someone our community is supposed to have full trust in," Barton said.