HARTSELLE, Ala. - Police say a Huntsville man is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old student at Falkville High School. David Thomas Solomon, 25, was arrested Monday, March 28.
Hartselle Police say they arrested Solomon, 25, after a lengthy investigation into accusations made by a female who was 17 at the time of the alleged offense. Solomon was working as a teacher's aide at Falkville High School, where the girl was a student. The girl reported the incident to school officials in October 2015, who notified police. Solomon was a contract employee through Appleton and was immediately fired from the school, police said.
Police say they later determined the alleged sexual contact between Solomon and the victim took place at his former residence in Hartselle. Hartselle Police took over the case and interviewed Solomon about the matter. Police obtained a warrant for his arrest, and Solomon turned himself in on the charges.
He was booked in the Morgan County Jail on $5,000 bond.
Soloman's contract employment
A spokesperson for Appleton said the company worked swiftly to remove Solomon from Falkville High School when the accusation came to light in October.
"Once we were notified by the district of the accusation against Mr. Solomon, he was immediately removed from the school by an Appleton representative that same day. Appleton worked directly with the district to ensure proper procedures and documentation were followed, and the incident was reported to the proper authorities. An internal investigation was conducted, and Mr. Solomon was terminated as a result."
"Appleton does follow all of the same screening processes as any public school district in the state as set out by the Alabama State Department of Education. This includes federal and state fingerprinting and background checks. We can confirm that all proper procedures were followed by Appleton in regards to
the hiring and subsequent termination of Mr. Solomon."
From Morgan County Schools
Morgan County Schools Superintendent, Bill Hopkins, said the school system acted swiftly to notify the student’s family about the incident. From there the school reached out to authorities and Appleton to do what was best.
"We want to make sure that our first priority is to keep the children safe anytime,” explained Hopkins.
“When this happens we erode that trust, and that hurts our relationship with our parents and it also hurts the learning atmosphere."
Because Solomon was a contract employee the district was able to terminate him instantly. If he had been an employee with the Morgan County School system then he would have been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation. This situation is bringing the taboo and illegal relationship of students and teachers to the forefront.
"As a parent, I feel like we all need to communicate with our children. That we know what’s going on in their lives that we are monitoring their social media," said Solomon.