Judge: Wife should testify against ex-teacher, current husband

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 3:13 PM

Al. com (http://bit. ly/1SWswuG ) reports Judge Dennis E. Odell ruled in a Blount County courtroom Monday that the teenage woman isn't protected by spousal privilege, saying such a privilege doesn't exist in cases where one spouse is the victim of the other.

A judge has ruled that a youthful AL wife should testify against her husband, a former high school instructor who'south being charged because of their relationship.

Al. com (http://bit. ly/1SWswuG ) reports Judge Dennis E. Odell ruled in a Blount County courtroom Monday that the teenage woman isn't protected by spousal privilege, saying such a privilege doesn't exist in cases where one spouse is the victim of the other.

Thirty-eight-year-old Matthew Shane Wester, a former Cleveland High School math teacher, was indicted in January two thousand fifteen on one count of a school employee having sexual contact with a learner below the age of nineteen. Five months later, Wester married the 18-year-old student. The Associated Press generally doesn't title alleged victims of sexual crimes.

The case is set to go to trial next week.

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