A former middle school teacher who argued that it was unconstitutional to charge her for having sex with a student was found not guilty on Thursday, according to multiple reports.
Taylor Brooks Boyles, 30, was acquitted by a jury despite the existence of a videotape in which the former math teacher told police she’d had sex with the student, a high school senior and star of the basketball team.
Boyles sobbed in court after the verdict was announced, The Associated Press reported.
Her attorneys had argued that their client was under stress when she made the statements confessing to sex with the teen student.
The Moulton Middle School Teacher was accused of having oral sex and sexual intercourse with the the alleged victim, who was 18 at the time and attended Lawrence County High School.
The now 21-year-old man testified in court that Boyles knew he was a student when they had sex.
Under Alabama law, it is a crime for authority figures, such as school teachers, to engage in sex with victims, even if they are over the age of consent.
Mark Dutton, Boyles’ attorney, argued in a Lawrence County Circuit Court last week that the law was unconstitutional.
Boyles was fired from her teaching position three years ago on the day she was arrested.