Ruling: A ruling on Carrie Witt’s criminal case has finally been rendered. A Morgan County judge stated the law concerning teacher-student sex in Alabama is unconstitutional. It’s unclear how many cases this ruling may affect.
Update from April: A Morgan County Judge is expected to rule this afternoon on the constitutionality of the Alabama “teacher-sex” law. PNS will update this article when a ruling is announced.
From January 2017: This morning, Carrie Cabri Witt pleaded not guilty to charges that she had a sexual relationship with at least one, if not two, male students at a Decatur high school. Witt also waived her arraignment.
Witt is challenging the Alabama law under which she was arrested, stating there was nothing basically illegal about her, at the age of 43, having a loving romantic and sexual relationship with a 17 year old student. The legal age of consent in Alabama is 16; however, teachers are prohibited from relationships with students under the age of 19.
A Morgan County judge has yet to rule on that motion by Witt’s defense attorney Robert Tuten of Huntsville. Since taking Witt’s case, Tuten has made news in Lauderdale County as well. He’s currently representing Florence attorney Edward Ray (Chip) Dillard in his human trafficking case.
From April 2016: Carrie Cabri Witt, the Decatur teacher/coach arrested last month for having sexual relationships with two of her students, has retained Huntsville attorney Robert Tuten. Among Tuten’s former high profile clients is Christie Bray Scott, the Franklin County insurance agent convicted of Capital Murder in the arson death of her son.
Tuten and Witt, 42, are seeking to overturn a law prohibiting school personnel engaging in sex with students under the age of 19. Witt’s two alleged victims are reportedly 17, one year over the age of consent in Alabama.
There have been recent rumblings concerning challenges to the law, and Tuten plans on Witt’s charges being a test case. Her preliminary hearing is May 3rd.
Lauderdale County currently has one such case pending. Lorie Earwood, a former school LPN at Florence High School, has been bound over to the next grand jury docket.