Birmingham coach arrested for having sex with a student

His arrest ignites the debate about a law which punishes teachers for having sex with a student even if the student is of the age of consent.

Posted: Sep. 18, 2018 7:42 AM
Updated: Sep. 19, 2018 9:21 AM

A teacher and soccer coach for Birmingham City Schools bonded out after his arrest on a charge of being a school employee engaging in a sex act with a student.  ABC 33/40 in Birmingham reported Daniel Carlisle worked at Carver High School. A sergeant with Irondale Police said Carlisle engaged in the sex act with a 17-year-old student at Carlisle's home earlier this year.

A statement released by the school district read:

"Birmingham City schools considers student safety and security its highest priority and the district is fully committed to taking the necessary steps to protect students and staff. We have been made aware of and are deeply disturbed by the allegations. While we are prohibited from discussing personnel-related matters, we are able to confirm the individual in question is no longer employed by the system. We are fully cooperating with law enforcement in this matter."

While the age of consent in Alabama is 16, it is against the law for a teacher to engage in a sex act with a student even if the student is of age. The law has been the focus of much debate after a number of arrests under similar circumstances.

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