HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A local middle school teacher is charged with first-degree sodomy. Brett Naff, 42, turned himself in to police on Monday.
Naff is a middle school teacher at The Country Day School, a private school that serves Pre-K through 9th grade students. His mother, Sherri Naff, owns the school.
WHNT News 19 asked Huntsville Police for more information about the situation. They said they will not comment on an ongoing investigation.
Brett Naff’s attorney, Bruce Gardner, said he learned of the warrant for Naff’s arrest last week and advised his client to turn himself in. Naff’s bond was set at $100,000, and he posted it and was released.
Gardner said he did not have all of the information about the sodomy charge yet. He told WHNT News 19 that the allegation stems from a former female student who made a similar claim in 2005 or 2006, and recently decided to press charges.
“He [Brett] is absolutely not guilty,” said Gardner. “The allegation now being made was one that was made back in 2005 or 2006, was investigated, and closed. Why it has now resurrected itself, we have no idea.”
Gardner said he also advised Sherri Naff to remove her son from the classroom until the investigation is complete. Karen Lake, Media Liaison for the school, released this statement to WHNT News 19 on Tuesday:
“Mr. Brett Naff, middle school teacher at The Country Day School, has been placed on a temporary administrative leave of absence pending resolution of the allegation bought against him by a former CDS student. Our staff stands behind Mr. Naff’s innocence in this matter and are anticipating a speedy and just resolution with a finding of not guilty.”
In 2007, Brett Naff went on trial for allegedly harassing a former fifth grade student. However, a jury found him not guilty.