Former teacher marries student, prosecutor calls marriage ‘sham’

Matthew Shane Wester's teacher photo.

ONEONTA, Ala. (AP) — A prosecutor has blasted the marriage of a former teacher and his former student, calling it a “sham” designed to keep the woman from having to testify against him.

Citing court records filed Monday say Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey is asking that 38-year-old Matthew Shane Wester’s 18-year-old wife be required to testify against her husband.

Casey says no marital privilege exists in cases where one spouse is the victim of the other.

Wester is a former Cleveland High School math teacher and was indicted in January 2015 on one count of a school employee having sexual contact with a student under the age of 19. Five months later, Wester married the student after her high school graduation.

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