Two teachers from the Madison County, Wisconsin school system have been arrested for sexual misconduct involving students within less than a year.
Per DailyMail, Lyndsey Sherrod Bates, 23, was a special education teacher at Madison High School in Madison County.
In April, she was arrested and booked into Madison County jail for engaging in a sex act with a student younger than 19.
Bates was also charged with several misdemeanors including three counts of distributing obscene material to a student and one count of having sexual contact with a student, as per Madison County jail records.
Now, Catherine Coffey, 22, an Alabama teacher has been charged with having sex with a teen pupil and faces up to 30 years in prison and a lifetime on the sex offender registry if convicted.
Per WHNT, the Madison County School System issued the following statement to WHNT News 19:
“The individual in question is an employee of our school system and she has been placed on Administrative Leave. We are cooperating with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department and since this is an active investigation, all other questions should be directed toward the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.”
This is the second time in less than a year that a teacher from the Madison County School System has been arrested on similar charges.
AL.com reports a Madison County teacher and assistant coach was arrested on charges of having sex with a student, the authorities announced today.
Catherine Lynn Coffey, 22, was booked into the Madison County jail on felony charges of being a school employee engaging in a sex act with a student and engaging in sexual contact with a student younger than 19, according to the sheriff’s office. She was being released on $31,000 bail on Friday afternoon, a sheriff’s office spokesman said.
Efforts to reach Coffey for comment weren’t immediately successful. A person who answered a phone call from AL.com said Coffey was unavailable and declined to comment. It’s unclear whether she has an attorney.
Coffey is accused of having sex with a teen student from Madison County High School, said Brent Patterson, a spokesman for Madison County Sheriff Kevin Turner’s office. The sexual contact happened between August and December of 2019, Patterson said.
Coffey is an assistant softball coach at the high school and a teacher at Madison County Elementary, according to the sheriff’s office and her bio on the school system’s website. She has been put on administrative leave, said Tim Hall, a spokesman for Madison County Schools.
Coffey received an Alabama teaching certificate in July of 2019, according to online records from the state’s Department of Education.