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Former teacher accused of having sex with student arrested in north Alabama

Former teacher accused of having sex with student arrested in north Alabama

Franklin County, Ala. (WHNT) – A Phil Campbell man arrested last year for having sex with a student has been arrested again, according to online records.

30-year-old Jerry Jordan Benford Placed on administrative leave Following his initial arrest on March 14, 2021, Phil Campbell was arrested Wednesday by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 7 p.m.

Benford’s charge is listed A school employee who has had sexual contact with a student under the age of 19.

According to online court documents, Benford’s bond was set at $50,000 for his 2021 arrest, but was released the next day.

He was charged with distributing obscene material, soliciting sexual activity with a 17-year-old female student, transmitting obscene material and having sex with an underage student while being a school employee.

Jerry Benford (Franklin Co. Sheriff’s Office)

On June 23, 2021, Benford pleaded not guilty and waived his right to a trial.

A jury trial has been scheduled and continued several times, with the latest trial scheduled to begin Oct. 17, according to court records. However, another continuation was filed.

Franklin County Judge Brian P. Hamilton last month granted Benford’s request to travel to Atlanta on business, according to court filings.

Benford is currently in the Franklin County Jail and is being held without bond.

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