A former Alabama High School Teacher of the Year killed herself with a shotgun two days after she was arrested for having sex with two teenagers.
Leslie Gillespie, 44, was arrested Thursday and charged with the rape and sodomy of two RA Hubbard High School students who were 15 and 16 at the time, AL.com reported.
She was found dead on Saturday at her home in Hillsboro, northern state, the report said.
“It appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Lawrence County coroner Scott Norwood told the publication.
An autopsy is reportedly still pending.
The English teacher had to pay $ 60,000 bail after her arrest on Thursday. One teenager claimed he and another student visited Gillespie after school for the lewd behavior in her classroom, according to WAFF 48 court records.
She met the students in class in September 2020, a year after being named high school teacher of the year, reports said.
Gillespie had also been charged on two counts of being a school worker who had sex with a student.
After her arrest, the Lawrence County school principal issued a statement saying he knew an employee had been arrested.
“While the county is currently unable to provide specific details, we would like to emphasize that there is nothing more important to Lawrence County Schools than the safety and well-being of our students,” said Superintendent Jon Bret Smith, according to the WAFF.
“The district will work diligently and expediently to resolve the situation.”
With postal wires