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Leslie Gillespie, teacher slapped with sex-abuse charges, dies by suicide

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Leslie Gillespie, the Alabama teacher recently arrested and charged with the sex molestation of two students, has died by suicide, The Daily Beast reports.

Once a high school English teacher in North Courtland, Leslie Gillespie’s career came crashing down thanks to the sexual assault allegations.

The 44-year-old taught at R.A. Hubbard High School. 

Indiana authorities arrested Leslie Gillespie on Thursday and charged the teacher with rape and sodomy for her alleged defiling by sex of two underage students.

An Alabama high school English teacher apparently died by suicide two days after being charged with the rape and sodomy of two underage students, AL.com reported.

Alabama Teacher Busted for Sexual Abuse of Students Kills Herself

The charges against Leslie Gillespie in connection with the teacher’s alleged sexual assaults of the teens were felonies.

She was released on a $60,000 bond.

Then on Saturday, she reportedly ended her life.

Meaww reports that Gillespie appears to have shot herself.

On Saturday, May 29, she was found dead at home.

Who was Leslie Gillespie? Alabama teacher kills herself after charged with ‘raping, sodomizing’ 2 students

“It appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” coroner Scott Norwood said after analyzing the body of Leslie Gillespie, the teacher accused of sexual assault.

Indiana police found Gillespie’s body at her home in Hillsboro.

That’s a small town in Lawrence County.

According to Norwood, the body was found at about 11:30am on Saturday, WAAY 31 ABC reports.

Thursday, she was arrested for rape, sodomy and “school employee involved in sex with student” charges.

LAWRENCE COUNTY TEACHER CHARGED WITH HAVING SEX WITH STUDENTS DIES SATURDAY

After finding the body of the allegedly sexually abusive teacher, Leslie Gillespie, Indiana police followed protocol.

This meant they sent her body to the Department of Forensics in Huntsville for the autopsy. 

Gillespie belongs to a collection of educators who have died by suicide while facing allegations of sexual misconduct in recent years.

AL.com reports that the two alleged victims were 15 and 16 years old at the time of the assaults.

Gillespie was arrested Thursday on felony charges of having sex with two students — ages 15 and 16 at the time — according to court records. A Lawrence County sheriff’s office investigator wrote in a criminal complaint that the sexual contact happened when Gillespie met with the two students in her classroom after school during September of 2020.

Alabama teacher dies 2 days after arrest on student sex charges

If you or someone you know is struggling, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ‘1-800-273-TALK (8255)’ or text TALK to 741741 at the Crisis Text Line.

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Kentucky community and technical colleges freeze tuition

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Kentucky community and technical colleges freeze tuition

VERSAILLES, Ky. — The Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s Board of Regents voted Friday to keep tuition flat for the coming year.

“The pandemic has taken a toll on our students who’ve been affected in numerous ways, including job loss,” Board Chair Gail Henson said in a news release. “The board wanted to help students, and we felt keeping our tuition at the same rate would help thousands of families.”

The schools of the community and technical college system already have the lowest tuition in the state, at $179 per credit hour, according to a news release. Out-of-state students from counties contiguous to Kentucky pay $358 per credit hour. All other out-of-state students pay $627 per credit hour.

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Meredith Susan Barry Martin, a former Arundel County, Maryland, high school teacher, has been acquitted of charges that she sexually assaulted a teen student, the Capital Gazette reports.

Once a biology teacher at South River High School, 39-year-old Martin, who hails from Davidsonville, was found not guilty of five counts of having intercourse while in a position of authority.

She was also found not guilty on five counts of a similar but different charge — five counts of sexual offense by a person in authority.

The other charge, of which she was found not guilty, was count of unnatural or perverted practice and sex abuse of a minor. 

A jury acquitted a former South River High School biology teacher Thursday of charges that she had sex with a student.

Former South River High teacher found not guilty on all sex offense charges

It took the jury only two hours to return not guilty verdicts on all the charges against Meredith Susan Barry Martin.

Martin’s attorney, Thomas Morrow, stressed to the jury during his closing arguments that the student who accused her of sexual assault had lied under oath.

Morrow used this fact as leverage against prosecutors’ attempts to chip away at Martin’s own credibility.

“My job is to try and test a witness’ credibility, recollection and establish they aren’t telling the truth,” Morrow said, according to the Baltimore Sun.

“I was able to establish the student wasn’t telling the truth.”

Former South River High teacher found not guilty on all sex offense charges

Morrow further noted that everyone who had testified on Meredith Susan Barry Martin’s behalf had characterized her as a “caring teacher.”

Maryland authorities arrested Martin in February 2020.

The arrest was prompted by a written statement that a student submitted to the Anne Arundel County school board claiming that Martin had repeatedly molested the teen in the Davidson and Edgewater area.

WBAL TV reports that in the immediate wake of Martin’s arrest, Anne Arundel County Public Schools Superintendent George Arlotto released a statement that read: “The charges against Meredith Martin sicken me to my core and besmirch the incredible work teachers across our county do with children every single day.”

We place teachers in positions of responsibility and as a society we entrust to them the most precious thing we have: our children. No one who acts in the way in which Meredith Martin has been accused of acting should be around any children in any school.”

Anne Arundel County teacher charged with sex abuse of minor

Meredith Susan Barry Martin’s attorney said that she had once driven the teenage boy home because it was cold out.

On another occasion, she let him drive her car to help teach him how to drive.

Morrow accused the prosecution of attempting to ruin Martin’s life despite her never having engaged in inappropriate contact with the teen. 

People magazine reports that the alleged sexual incidents occurred between November and December 2018.

He said the teacher had proposed exchanging phone numbers, and they later traded text messages before agreeing to meet for their first encounter in the Kmart parking lot.

Md. Biology Teacher Accused of Sexually Abusing Boy, 16, Multiple Times in Car: ‘Sicken[ing]’

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Texas authorities are searching for a motorcyclist who allegedly shot a police officer during a traffic stop on Sunday night, a report said.

The suspected shooter was identified by authorities as 43-year-old Royce Wood. He allegedly shot a Rhome police officer in the leg near the intersection of Farm-to-Market roads 407 and 2264 in Wise County, NBC DFW reported.

Wood was driving a motorcycle with a female passenger when they were stopped. One of them matched the description of the suspect wanted in a Saturday night home invasion, authorities said.

After the shooting, Wood fled the scene on foot. The female passenger was taken into custody.

The injured officer was hospitalized in stable condition.

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