Decatur native, longtime educator charged in 2 counties with having sex with a student, child pornography

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Brett Kirkham, arrested for having sex with a student (Tuscaloosa County Jail)

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. – A longtime educator, who was also a finalist for the Decatur City Schools superintendent position, is under arrest for an alleged sexual relationship with at least one male student, according to our news partners at Al.com.

Brett William Kirkham, 39, was placed on administrative leave earlier this month due to the investigation, Al.com reports. He was the human resources director for Jefferson County Schools.

He is now charged with school employee engaging in a sex act with a student. Bill Veitch, District Attorney in the Bessemer Cutoff told reporters Kirkham’s relationship with the student lasted at least¬†five years.

He was arrested in Tuscaloosa County on Thursday morning, according to Al.com, where he also faces charges.¬†Kirkham’s Tuscaloosa charges are being a teacher involved in a sex act with a student and possession of child pornography.

Our news partners report Veitch says there is significant computer evidence against Kirkham, who he described as a likely serial predator.

Tuscaloosa Police said the victim came forward with information on his physical relationship with the educator, according to Al.com.

Veitch also told media that thousands of pornographic images, mostly of young boys, were found on electronic devices seized at Kirkham’s Tuscaloosa home. Our news partners report the evidence leads to DA to believe there are more victims, and urges them to come forward.

Anyone with additional information on Kirkham is asked to call Hueytown Police at (205) 491-3523 or the Bessemer Cutoff District Attorney’s Office at (205) 497-8610.

“I want them to come forward because it’s vital that we stand up and do the right thing, but you know it’s easy talk when you’re the prosecutor and not the daddy or the mama,” said Veitch during the press conference.

Kirkham was named as one of five finalists named during Decatur City Schools’ search for a new superintendent earlier this year.

Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Craig Pouncey’s office declined to comment, according to Al.com. Kirkham is jailed in Tuscaloosa County and is expected to be transferred to Jefferson County.