DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - The Dothan Police Department has arrested one of its own officers after an investigation into allegations he was having a sexual relationship with a student.
The officer, Adrian Folmar, is a school resource officer, according to the police department. The name of the school where he worked was not released by police, but Dothan High School's website listed him one of the school's resource officers.
According to police, the investigation started after the department got a tip late last week that there was possibly an inappropriate relationship between Folmar and a student. Police declined to give more information about who alerted the department.
Investigators determined Folmar had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student. He was arrested Wednesday at the police station.
Folmar was first hired by the police department in December of 2013 and had worked as a school resource officer since April, according to police.
Police wouldn't give a timeline for when the alleged acts happened, but confirm there are two instances being investigated and they happened off school grounds. Folmar is charged two counts of "School Employee Engaging in a Sex Act with a Student Under the age of 19 Years Old". If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison for each count.
At this point, police don't believe there were any other potential victims.
Bond was set at $60,000. Folmar has since posted bond and has been released. According to the department, he is on administrative leave until a personnel hearing with the chief who will determine if he will terminated.
This is the second time in the last 3 years, that a school resource officer working for Dothan City Schools has been arrested on sex crime charges. In 2014, Lanice Bonds was sentenced to 10 years in prison for engaging in a sex act with a student under the age of 10. He has a parole hearing next month.
Working as a school resource officer is a voluntary position. School Board Chairman Mike Schmitz says the school system and the police department plan to get together at some point next week to discuss possibly making changes to the school resource officer program. He says parents can be assured the school system is taking the matter seriously, "This is a serious charge and we will address this and they can feel certain whatever we can to make sure our students are safe," said Schmitz.