BOAZ, Ala. -- A grand jury indicted a Boaz City Schools teacher on charges relating to sexual contact with a student.
A Marshall County grand jury indicted Justin Beam on the charge of a School Employee Having Sexual Contact with a Student and Sexual Abuse 2nd.
Beam is a teacher at Boaz Middle School. He's been on leave from his job since March 9, and that's when the investigation with the Boaz Police Department started. "In regard to allegations of inappropriate conduct between a teacher with the Boaz City Schools system and a student with the Boaz City Schools system," explained Boaz Police Department Deputy Chief Rusty Rowan of the initial investigation.
Rowan said investigators turned over their findings to a grand jury. "On Thursday, the Marshall County grand jury indicted Mr. Justin Beam on charges of a School Employee Having Sexual Contact With A Student Under the Age of 19 and also Sexual Abuse 2nd."
Friday morning Beam turned himself in to the Boaz Police Department. The Boaz Middle School website lists him as a 7th grade math teacher and basketball coach.
Superintendent Shannon Stanley told WHNT News 19 the school system has cooperated with law enforcement in their investigation of alleged misconduct concerning Beam, and that it will continue to do so.
Stanley adds that she is in the process of gathering information regarding the indictment, and she will make a recommendation for personnel action that is appropriate under the circumstances as soon as possible.
Investigators can't release specifics surrounding the investigation or report the number of children involved. "Any time we have a situation that involves anything in our school system, whether it's an allegation, whether it's something to be proven, then that becomes priority for our department," Rowan said.
Boaz Police officers transported Beam to the Marshall County Jail Friday morning where he was held under a $20,000 bond.
The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, Marshall County DHR, and the Marshall County CAC helped in this investigation.