DA calls marriage between former teacher, student a 'sham'

DA calls marriage between former teacher, student a 'sham'

BLOUNT COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Blount County's district attorney is calling the marriage between a former teacher and the student he was indicted for having a sexual relationship with a "sham."

District Attorney Pamela Casey outlined her arguments in a five-page document.

The court documents say in January 2015, a grand jury indicted Matthew Wester on the charge of having sexual contact with a student under 19.

Wester was 38 at the time he was charged and the student was 18.

On Jan. 13, 2015 Wester filed for divorce from his first wife and their divorce was finalized on April 7, 2015.

Wester resigned from his teaching position at Cleveland High School on Feb. 24, 2015. He had been a math teacher, assistant football coach and head track coach.

On June 13, 2015 Wester married the student he was accused of victimizing.

The state expects Wester's new wife to use an Alabama statute as a way to keep her from testifying against her husband in court.

But Casey called the relationship a sham and said because the student was 18 and not married at the time of the crime, the law does not apply to her.

"Clearly, if a 38-year old teacher can induce an 18-year old student to engage in sexual contact with him and to subsequently marry him, he can persuade 'one who has already fallen victim to his influence that she must also protect him' at trial," Casey said.

Wester's trial is currently set to begin on April 26.

See the court documents below:

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