Daily Mail reports:
A married Alabama teacher has been found dead soon after being placed on administrative leave when a pupil reported a member of staff had had sex with her.
Jared Mothershed, 27, had been placed on administrative leave by Sheffield High School in the wake of the allegations, AL.com reports.
Mothershed’s body was found on Saturday, a day after the police report was filed. He was shot dead.
According to WHNT News, authorities were investigating allegations that a school employee engaged in a ‘sex act or deviant sexual intercourse with a student’.
Mothershed was placed on leave ‘pending the results of a personnel investigation’.
It has not been confirmed that he was employee involved but WHNT19 reported no other teacher is currently on leave.
Mothershed, who played baseball in college, had been coaching the sport at Sheffield High School since last year, AL.com reported.
He had reportedly been a teacher at the school for three years and was also assistant football coach.
‘Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,’ Sheffield football coach David Hufstedler told the Times Daily.
‘We’re just trying to get through it. Jared was a devoted coach and loved by his players.’
In a statement, Schools Superintendent Keith Lankford confirmed Mothershed had been suspended but refused to comment further on allegations of misconduct.
He told Al.com: ‘Our focus now shifts to our students, and we ask for your prayers for our students, our faculty and Mr Mothershed’s family.’
An online obituary to the sports coach reveals he also had a successful career in college sports, attending NWSCC where he played baseball for two years.
‘Jared was an inspirational teacher, head baseball coach, and assistant football coach at Sheffield High School,’ it reads.
‘He was also a mentor to many students. He strived for excellence in everything he did and he pushed his students to do the same.’
He married his wife Sara Knight Mothershed in April 2012 and the couple had a son Knight Jacob just four months ago.
He was described as a ‘devoted husband and father’.
A gofundme has been set up to raise money for his grieving widow.
It reads: ‘He leaves behind a wife, Sara, and baby, Knight. His love of baseball led him to become a high school teacher and coach, where he was a positive influence and role model in many students lives.’