Rehobeth AL April 22 2012 A Rehobeth High School teacher faces multiple felony charges alleging he had sex with a student at the school.
Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes said investigators arrested Robert Lee Michel, 43, of Dothan, just after 9 p.m. Friday and charged him with three felony counts of school employee engaging in a sex act with a student under the age of 19. Michel remains held at the Houston County Jail without bail.
Hughes said Michel works as a 10th grade science teacher at Rehobeth High School.
Hughes said a woman called 911 around 6:30 p.m. to report the offenses.
“The mother walked in and caught them,” Hughes said. “He was in bed with a 16-year-old girl and he was naked. He fled on foot with no clothes on.”
Hughes said Michel ran across the street and into some nearby woods. He said just after 9 p.m. deputies took Michel into custody after he walked out of the woods near Third Avenue and Knoxville Road.
“He was wearing a couple of trash bags on his body,” Hughes said. “He got two white small garbage bags and was trying to wear them to cover him self up.”
Hughes said Houston County Sheriff’s bloodhounds and a helicopter from the Dale and Houston County Aviation unit helped authorities in the search of the suspect.
Hughes said more charges could be pending in the ongoing investigation.
“Upon interviewing the teenage girl we found out this had happened on several other previous occasions,” Hughes said. “This will be the first arrest we’ve made under this law.”