The wife of a Lowndes County high school principal turned herself into police recently after being charged with having sex with a young student from East Lawrence High School. A former school employee and wife of the school's principal, Rebecca Nichols, is accused of giving the boy alcohol and marijuana, as well as having sex with him at her home on numerous occasions earlier this year. As a Birmingham criminal defense attorney accustomed to such cases, I know that this type of activity happens more than many people would like to believe.
According to reports, Nichols was charged by the Lowndes County Sheriff's office with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, following accusations from the boy's mother. Although the police have said that they will not be charging the woman with a felony, because the student was 16 years old and allegedly initiated the sex, the boy's mother reportedly said that Nichols was the initiator of the sex and should be charged with rape.
Regardless, Ms. Nichols, like anyone charged with criminal sexual behavior, should retain the services of a qualified criminal lawyer to be sure that her case is handled correctly. Also, according to reports, Nichols and her husband, Principal Ricky Nichols, are currently going through a divorce. Although this is more of a curiosity for newspaper readers, it may have some effect on the direction of the case.
This situation is all the more sad, as Ricky Nichols had reportedly become a father figure to the young man ever since his father passed away from brain cancer. The 16-year-old apparently was friends with Nichols' stepsons and even spent Thanksgiving with the family, as well as occasionally staying with the family. Mr. Nichols has stated that he had no knowledge of the relationship between his wife and the boy until about a month ago, when the boy and his mother approached him with the shocking news.
Principal's wife accused of having sex with Alabama teen, MontgomeryAdvertiser.com, August 8, 2009