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


Sonny Tibbs

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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.

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