Sex charges against teacher who had an affair with her student are dropped… after she marries him
- Kim Bynum was indicted in June 2011 after allegedly having a sexual relationship with a student
- She was fired from her job as a maths teacher
- After marrying the student who is now 19, the charges have been dropped
By Daily Mail Reporter 11 July 2013
Sex charges against a former high school maths teacher in Alabama have been dropped after she married the student with whom she allegedly had a sexual relationship.
Divorcee Kimberly Bynum, 31, from Franklin County, Alabama, was arrested in July 2011 and charged with being a school employee and engaging in sex with a student under 19-years-old.
Bynum’s trial was postponed at least once before the teacher, who was 29 at the time of her arrest, married the student.
The Alabama student, who graduated from Vina High School in 2011 admitted to investigators that he had an affair with Bynum.
It began when the two formed a friendship and Bynum said they both admitted to having feelings for each other.
Had the trial gone ahead, Bynum could have faced up to 20 years behind bars.
The age of consent is Alabama is 16, but laws prohibit educators from becoming sexually involved with students under the age of 19.
Bynum’s relationship with the student reportedly began as a friendship, but eventually turned sexual.
The teacher continued to date the student after he graduated in May of 2011 and was then arrested a month later.
The law under which Bynum was charged was outlined in a bill that was introduced just weeks before she was arrested.
Demetrius Newton of Birmingham, Alabama, introduced the law because of an incident where a teacher and a 16-year-old student were accused of having a sexual relationship but school officials could take no action against the teacher because the student was 16, which is the age of consent in Alabama.