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Phil Campbell teacher accused of having sexual contact with student

Jerry Jordan Benford

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office was contacted Sunday.

Posted: Mar 15, 2021 11:02 AM
Updated: Mar 15, 2021 3:48 PM

A teacher at Phil Campbell High School is facing charges of having sexual relations with one of his students.

Jerry Jordan Benford, 28, was arrested Sunday and charged with school Employee having sexual contact with student under the age of 19, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office reports.

The sheriff’s office said deputies were contacted Sunday about Benford and a 17-year-old student.

“Mr Benford was placed on leave by the Franklin County Board of Education during a special called board meeting (Monday) morning," said Franklin Co Schools Superintendente Greg Hamilton. "I cannot comment on personnel issues beyond that."

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