Teacher formerly of Springdale indicted for having sex with student

| Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008

CUMBERLAND, Md. -- An Allegany County, Md. teacher formerly of Springdale was indicted by the grand jury Wednesday for allegedly having sex with a student, according to the county state's attorney.

Autumn Leathers, 24, of Frostburg, Md. and formerly Springdale, was to begin her second year teaching English at the Mountain Ridge High School near Frostburg this year but is on unpaid leave after being charged with the alleged tryst last month.

The boy attended the school where she taught, and he lived in her neighborhood in Frostburg.

The state's attorney had scheduled a preliminary hearing for her Friday, but decided instead to take the allegations to a grand jury.

The grand jury voted to proceed against Leathers and a criminal summons was given to the woman's attorney.

She is charged with sex abuse of a minor, custodial child abuse and sex offenses.

Leathers has been free on bond since her arrest on Aug. 20, following a citizen's complaint concerning a possible inappropriate relationship between Leathers and one of her students.

Leathers allegedly was involved with the 15-year-old victim over several months at her residence. The case was investigated by the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation unit.

The grand jury convened for about two hours before returning the indictments against Leathers and another teacher on unrelated charges.

Both defendants will soon appear in circuit court for initial appearances. No court date has been set for either proceeding, according to the state's attorneys office.

Leathers and the other teacher were placed on administrative leave without pay by the Allegany County Board of Education following their arrests.

Leathers graduated from Springdale High School. She also received a degree in secondary education from Slippery Rock University.

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