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August 20, 2013

Chilton Co. teacher charged with child sex crimes

CLANTON, Ala. (AP) — A Chilton County teacher is charged with sex crimes after allegedly having sexual relations with a student.

The sheriff says 39-year-old Jennifer Collins McNeill is charged with multiple counts of second-degree rape and second-degree sodomy following alleged incidents involving one victim.

WBRC-TV ( ) reports that McNeill teaches sixth grade and is the cheerleading sponsor in Thorsby, but the alleged victim is not a student at the school.

Warrants show the teacher is accused of having sex with a minor between April 2012 and June.

She is now on leave from the school and is free on bond.

Court records don't show whether McNeill has hired a lawyer. Her first court date is set for next month.

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