Married teacher, 27, accused of having sex with student under 17

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A high school maths teacher is under investigation for allegedly having sex with one of her students.

Ashton McCluskey, a teacher at Brooks High School in the US state of Alabama, handed herself in to police on Wednesday (local time) and was released that evening on a A$65,000 bond, according to NBC affiliate WAFF.

The 27-year-old has been charged with two counts of sexual conduct with a student under the age of 17, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years.

Ashton Alana McCluskey, 27, is pictured in a mugshot.
Ashton Alana McCluskey, 27, handed herself in to police this week. Source: Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office

The teacher has reportedly been suspended from work and ordered not to have contact with her alleged victim.

She had been a teacher at the school, where she also attended as a child, for three years and was on administrative leave in January, WHNT reported.

The case has been turned over to the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) because the child is a relative of an employee at the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department.

The Lauderdale County School System said in a statement it would not "comment on matters involving an ongoing investigation", news site WAAY reported.

Ms McCluskey received her teaching degree from The University of Alabama, where she was on the cheerleading team, and has been married for three years, according to local magazine Pen-N-Sword.

Pictured is Brooks High School.
Ms McCluskey had been teaching at Brooks High School for three years, where she herself attended school. Source: Facebook

A teacher in the UK was found guilty earlier this year of having sex with a 15-year-old school boy.

Kandice Barber, of Buckinghamshire, was convicted of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Ms Barber’s husband who appeared as a witness in her defence reportedly fumed “it’s a joke” as the verdict was read out.

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