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Former Pelham HS asst. principal accused of sex with student bonds out of jail

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Catherine Bell. Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office Catherine Bell. Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office
SHELBY COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

A former assistant principal for Pelham High School has been arrested and charged with engaging in sex with a student under the age of 19.

Catherine Michelle Bell, a 33-year-old woman from Alabaster, turned herself in to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office today at 2:45 p.m.

A recent check of Shelby County Jail records show that Bell has since bonded out of jail.

Bell has been charged with three counts of "school employee engaging in a sex act or deviant sexual intercourse with a student under the age of 19 years," according to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. Each of the counts has a bond of $30,000, so her total bond is $90,000.

Bell was booked into the Shelby County Jail today, according to online records.

The sheriff's office says the Pelham Police Department referred the investigation to them. Investigators with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office and the Shelby County D.A. decided there was enough probable cause to arrest Bell on the charges of sex with a student.

Bell resigned from her position on Nov. 21, according to a statement from the Shelby County School system.

A Shelby County Schools spokesperson says the district took immediate action when they first found out about the allegations.

"The employee was placed on administrative leave while the matter was being investigated by the school district, with the assistance of local law enforcement. She subsequently resigned from her position on November 21," the statement says.

This is the third case in the past few years where a Shelby County educator has been accused of a sex with a student. Daniel Acker, Jr. and Jeffery Atkins have also been charged with the crime.

Some Shelby County parents are frustrated about this latest case.

"It's disheartening to hear that happened once again," said Heather Bennett. "You're already worried about the safety of your children with all the school shootings, on top of the fact you can't trust you teachers, much less a principal now."

"That shouldn't be happening in our school system," said Brent Hicks. "It does bother me to hear of repeat cases of that going on. Something needs to be done to stop it."

Shelby County Schools Superintendent Randy Fuller says he will not speak about the case.

FOX6 has also reached out to school board members for comment and are waiting to hear back.

Watch FOX6 News at 9 and 10 p.m. for the latest information on this developing story. You can watch online at www.FoxAlabamaLive.com or the WBRC News app under the "Live Video" section.

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