CLANTON, Ala. (WSFA) - The band director at Chilton County High School has been arrested and charged with having sexual conduct with a student, according to the Chilton County district attorney’s office.
Ashlee Elizabeth Steinman, 29, faces charges of school employee having sex with a student under the age of 19 and school employee having sexual contact with a student, according to records with the county jail.
C.J. Robinson, assistant district attorney for the 19th Judicial Circuit, which covers Autauga, Chilton and Elmore counties, said Steinman was arrested Tuesday after using her official position to gain access to a student with whom she carried out an illegal relationship.
Steinman was arrested after the Clanton Police Department received a report of the relationship, which involved a male student of the school who is 18.
According to the school system’s website, Steinman had been the band director at CCHS since 2017.
“We go where the evidence takes us, but we are very early in the process. If the investigation reveals probable cause for more charges or heaven forbid additional victims, then we are ready to act,” Robinson said.
If convicted, Steinman could face between two and 20 years in prison.
Anyone with information on this case should call Detective David Kline with the Clanton Police Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 205-755-1194.
No court date has been set yet in Steinman’s case.
“The investigators on this case have worked tirelessly to uncover the truth. I hope we have found all there is to find. If there are more victims out there, please know that you are not alone and coming forward is the right thing to do,” Robinson said. “We have so many honorable people in Chilton County who have devoted their lives to being the best teachers they can be. Bringing those who use their position to victimize students to justice is the first step in rebuilding the trust of the community.”
The Chilton County Schools Superintendent Jason Griffin says as ‘a general rule he doesn’t comment on personnel matters.’