Dothan teacher charged for allegedly having sex with student

Calvin Bell-Tharpe (Source: Dothan Police Dept.)
Calvin Bell-Tharpe (Source: Dothan Police Dept.)

DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - A Dothan area high school teacher is under arrest and charged with a felony stemming from an investigation that alleges he had sex with a student.

The Dothan Police Juvenile Investigative Division arrested Calvin Bell-Tharpe, 30, Friday.

Police said they would limit information "due to the sensitive nature of the case."

Investigators say Bell-Tharpe is charged with engaging in a sex act or deviant sexual intercourse with a student under the age of 19 years.

He's being held on a $175,000 conditional bond which prohibits him from any interaction with children under the age of seventeen.

It was not immediately known if the suspect had an attorney.

WSFA 12 News has been unable to reach members of the Dothan City School Board for comment.

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