Sheffield Police confirm investigation about possible inappropriate relationship between school employee, student

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SHEFFIELD, Ala. - Authorities in Colbert County are investigating a reported inappropriate sexual relationship between a Sheffield High School employee and student.

WHNT News 19 has a copy of an incident report filed with Sheffield Police on Friday afternoon.

Sheffield High School

Sheffield High School

Monday morning, Sheffield Police released the front page of an incident report filed by a 16-year-old female.  According to the claim, there is or was a school employee at Sheffield High School having sexual relations with a student.

Sheffield Police Chief Greg Ray would not name the alleged suspect in the case, only saying the investigation is open and ongoing.

Details are hard to come by, but here is what we know.

The exact wording of the felony charge reads, “School employee engaging in sex act or deviant sexual intercourse with a student.”

According to the report, the place of occurrence was Sheffield High School.

Police are not saying if this was a one-time offense or if the alleged crime happened multiple times.

The Sheffield Board of Education is aware of the report.

We have reached out to Superintendent Keith Lankford for a comment Monday, but he is unable to discuss the situation.

The superintendent has released a couple of statements over the last several days.

On Friday, Lankford stated they had “placed a teacher at Sheffield High School on paid administrative leave pending the results of a personnel investigation.”

Saturday, Superintendent Lankford sent a follow-up email stating “One of our high school teachers, Mr. Mothershed was found deceased.”

Lankford was speaking of fourth year teacher and baseball coach Jared Mothershed.

Jared Mothershed (Photo courtesy: Sheffield Baseball website)

Jared Mothershed (Photo courtesy: Sheffield Baseball website)

In the same email, Lankford stated, “Mr. Mothershed was placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of a personnel investigation.”

Neither the police department nor the Sheffield Board of Education will confirm these cases are related. However, Lankford said they do not have any other high school teachers on paid administrative leave at this time.

Jared Mothershed was laid to rest this afternoon in a private ceremony in Lauderdale County.

Sheffield Police said they would release more on their investigation later.

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