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Husband, wife who taught at same school both accused of having sex with students

Pickens Academy is located in Carrollton. Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC
Pickens Academy is located in Carrollton. Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC
Published: Mar. 30, 2016 at 10:08 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 6, 2016 at 10:19 PM CDT
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James "Jamie" Parker. Source: Pickens Academy Facebook page
James "Jamie" Parker. Source: Pickens Academy Facebook page
Charli Parker. Source: Pickens County Sheriff's Office
Charli Parker. Source: Pickens County Sheriff's Office

PICKENS COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - The husband of a Pickens Academy teacher arrested this week for having sex with a student has been arrested on the same charge.

James Franklin "Jamie" Parker III, 32, is also a coach and teacher at Pickens Academy in Carrollton, just like his wife, Charli Parker.

Charli Parker, 30, was arrested on Monday after being accused of having sexual relations with a male student.

She teaches elementary school, computer class, physical education, and is the head girls' basketball coach.

She was booked into the Pickens County Jail around 11:45 p.m. Monday, March 28.

Her husband James Parker is also charged with "school employee engaging in a sex act with a student under 19."

He is accused of having a sex with a former female student, according to District Attorney J. Chris McCool. The sex acts did not occur at the school, McCool said.

Pickens Academy released a statement saying that James Parker has suspended.

"The safety and wellbeing of our students is and always will be our top priority," said headmaster Brach White. "We are obviously shocked and dismayed by this allegation and will be working to support all our students and families in coping with this news. The employee will be suspended immediately and further action may be taken upon investigation. Unfortunately, these events have been a distraction from the many great things that take place at Pickens Academy. I request continued prayers for our school family and for all those involved."

James Parker teaches math and is the head boys' basketball coach, as well as an SGA sponsor, according to the school's website.

He was arrested on Wednesday, March 30 and is being held in the Pickens County Jail.

McCool said James Parker's arrest was the result of an investigation by the Pickens County Sheriff's Department. He said the investigation is ongoing.

A mug shot for James Parker was not immediately available.

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