A school teacher killed herself with a shotgun just two days after she was accused of having sex with two students.
Leslie Gillespie, 44, was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of rape and sodomy of teenagers aged 15 and 16 at the time.
Having been released from custody on bail, Gillespie was found dead at her home on Saturday with what "appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” the authorities said.
According to, AL.com the 44-year-old initiated sexual relations with two of her students at R.A. Hubbard High School in Alabama, US, where in September 2019 she was crowned teacher of the year.
Lawrence County coroner, Scott Norwood explained to AL.com that Gillespie most likely died after shooting herself, but an autopsy to confirm is pending, NYPost reports.
The English teacher returned home to Hillsboro in the northern part of Alabama, after paying $60,000 in bail, according to court records obtained by WAFF 48.
One of her alleged victims had claimed he and another student made trips to Gillespie's classroom at R.A. Hubbard once lessons were over and she would carry out the perverted acts.
Gillespie's sick charges involving children she first met in September last year, also included two counts of being a school employee engaging in sex with a student.
After her arrest, the superintendent of Lawrence County school issued a statement saying he was aware an employee had been arrested.
Superintendent Jon Bret Smith said: "The Lawrence County school district has been made aware that an employee has been arrested.
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"Our school district treats this type of situation with the highest level of care. District leaders are conducting an investigation into this matter and will support law enforcement as they do the same.
"While the district cannot provide any specific details at this time, we want to emphasize that there is nothing more important to Lawrence County Schools than the safety and well-being of our students. The district will work diligently and expediently to resolve the situation."
If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 0845 30 30 900 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.
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