Ala. schools stop pay to convicted Baldwin teacher

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama schools superintendent Joe Morton has stopped the pay and revoked the teaching license of a Baldwin County teacher, who was convicted of sexual abuse charges.

Morton said in a news release Sunday that he was immediately revoking the teaching certificate and stopping the pay of 36-year-old Bryan C. Pettibone. Pettibone was a science teacher and boys' basketball coach at Central Baldwin Middle School who was convicted in May of charges of sexual abuse and enticing a child for immoral purposes.

Morton said he stopped Pettibone's pay under the provisions of a bill that passed the Alabama Legislature this year that prohibits public schools from paying the salary of teachers convicted of major felonies or sex offenses involving children. The bill was inspired by the case of a Washington County teacher, Charlene Schmitz, who was paid more than $140,000 after she was convicted of luring a student for sex.

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