Former Vina Coach Suspended After Being Charged with Having Sexual Relationship with Student

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Sonny Tibbs

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A former Vina High School girls’ basketball coach accused of having a sexual relationship with a female student has been suspended from his Vina Elementary P.E. poition.

Franklin County Sheriff Shannon Oliver said a former Vina High School girls’ basketball coach Sonny Tibbs was arrested Friday and charged with having sex with a high school student on Nov. 8.

Investigators arrested 35-year-old Tibbs at his home in Hamilton on Nov. 8.  They say Tibbs had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old high school student.

According to Sheriff Oliver, Tibbs confessed to the relationship to investigators.

Tibbs is currently employed at Vina Elementary school as a P.E. teacher.  He has been suspended from that position with pay.

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

Tibbs was a Vina High School teacher for 9 years.

1 Comment

  • Janet Jaco

    What is happening in our schools and when did our children have to be faced with these issues at a place where they are suppose to feel and be safe and go to these educators when they are having problems and who can they go to in the schools now. Think of the children, they need all of us parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, and even teachers and educators.

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