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Sonny Tibbs Waives Arraignment Hearing, Jury Trial Set


FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT ) – One of two Vina teachers accused of having a sexual relationship with a student has waived his arraignment hearing and will go to jury trial.

Sonny Tibbs was arrested in November 2013 on accusations of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student from Vina High School.

Tibbs has waived his arraignment hearing and will proceed to a jury trial on August 18 in Judge Terry Dempsey’s courtroom.

Franklin County Sheriff Shannon Oliver said Tibbs confessed to the relationship to investigators shortly after he was arrested.

Tibbs was a Vina High School teacher and coach for 9 years, but was employed at Vina Elementary School as a P.E. coach at the time of his arrest.

He is charged with three counts of a school employee having sexual intercourse with a student under 19.

Shortly after Tibbs was arrested, A second Vina High school coach was charged with being a school employee engaging in a sexual act with a student under the age of 19.

Boys’ basketball coach Brian Scott Keeton just five days after Tibbs. Keeton is accused of having sex with a different 17-year-old student.


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