Former Shoals Teacher Sentenced to 10 Years for Rape, Sodomy Released

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COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A former Shoals teacher who had been sentenced to 10 years behind bars for rape and sodomy of a 15-year-old student has been released from prison.

Amanda Watkins was convicted by a jury in November of 2011 of rape and sodomy for having sex with a former student in the parking lot of a school.

According to court documents, the victim consented Watkins’s release, in addition to the Colbert County District Attorney. The filings said the court believes further monitoring is necessary for Watkins, though.

In her trial, Watkins argued she suffered from dissociative disorder and other mental diseases and wasn’t in her right mind when she had sex with the 15-year-old.

Watkins will serve the remainder of her sentence in the Colbert County Community Corrections Center.



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