Two Former Students Claim They Had Sex with Clarke Co. Teacher

GROVE HILL, Ala. (AP) - A Clarke County teacher was found guilty
on two counts of enticing two underage children for immoral purposes.

A defense lawyer told jurors during the trial that 32-year-old Sharon L. Rutherford had sexual affairs with two students, but they were not underage.

Rutherford was an English teacher at the 110-student Coffeeville High School in rural southwest Alabama.

The jury began deliberating a little after 4 p.m. and reached a verdict about three hours later, the Press-Register reported on its Web site.

Court records show Rutherford is charged with enticing two underage children for immoral purposes. Those boys were 14 and 15 when the alleged incidents occurred.

In testimony, two former students testified that they had sex with Rutherford and that some encounters occurred in her classroom. The boys who testified were 17 or older at the time of their relationship with Rutherford.

Jurors also heard Rutherford's hour-long taped interview with investigators.

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