Indicted teacher marries former student



A Cleveland High School teacher who lost his job because of sexual misconduct married his former student over the weekend.

According to reports, Matthew Wester, 37, married Amy Nicole Cox, 18, in Gulf Shores on Saturday.

Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey told al.com,“I was provided a marriage license this morning out of Cullman County, which confirmed they were married Saturday in Gulf Shores. The charges pending against Mr. Wester stem from an investigation of his relationship with the victim while she was a student and he was a teacher.”

Wester was arrested in January and charged with “school employee having sexual contact with a student.” He was released after posting $6,000 bond.

A Blount County grand jury indicted Wester in February. The indictment said he was “a school employee who intentionally and knowingly engaged in sexual contact with a student.”

He was initially placed on leave in November of 2014 after allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a female student.

“Now that the legal status of their relationship has changed, we will have to look at our case to determine how we will proceed,” said Casey.“Pursuant to Ala. Code 1975 12- 21-227, ‘the husband and wife may testify either for or against each other in criminal cases, but shall not be compelled to do so.”

A trial date has not been set and when reached for comment yesterday, Casey said she had no plans to dismiss the charges at this time.