- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 17, 2017

HUEYTOWN, Ala. (AP) - Police say they’ve charged an Alabama high school principal with obstructing their investigation into allegations that a teacher was sexually involved with a student.

Al.com reports (https://bit.ly/2qR45wl ) that Hueytown High School Principal Joseph Garner is charged with obstruction of a governmental operation; and violation of Alabama’s mandatory reporting law. Both charges are misdemeanors.

Hueytown Police Chief Chuck Hagler said that when his detectives asked the principal about the case, he was “not truthful.” Hagler said police haven’t been able to file charges against the teacher, partly because evidence including cellphone records was destroyed.

Jefferson County Superintendent Craig Pouncey described Garner as “an honest Christian man.”

Pouncey said the allegations against the teacher were investigated last year and not substantiated by school officials.

Garner didn’t immediately return a phone message Wednesday.

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