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Matthew Shane Wester, Amy Nicole Cox: Student, Teacher Wed After Indictment

By    |   Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 08:08 AM

Alabama schoolteacher Matthew Shane Wester, 37, was indicted in January for having an inappropriate relationship with a student, Amy Nicole Cox, 18, and now the two have wed.

AL.com reported that the weekend wedding, held Saturday at Gulf Shores, could complicate the still-pending criminal case.

"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 Blount County District Attorney Pamela 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.'"

In November, Wester was placed on paid leave from his positions as a math teacher and track coach at Blount County's Cleveland High School when the allegations came to light. He has since resigned.

A grand jury then indicted Wester on January 29 for having "intentionally and knowingly engaged with a male or female student under the age of 19 in sexual contact which was done for the purpose of gratifying the sexual desire of either party, to wit — kissing and spending the night with the victim."

Wester was soon arrested, but was released the same day after posting a $6,000 bond.

In February, Cox's ex-boyfriend, Don Brooks, shared a link to news of the indictment, commenting on Facebook that it was "F***ing disgusting!"

Wester was married at the time of the indictment, however his divorce was finalized in April. His ex-wife was awarded custody of their child.

Cox, who works at fast-food chain Sonic, graduated in May. She and Wester obtained their wedding license on June 8.

As the Daily Mail reported, the age of consent in Alabama is 16, according to the state criminal code.

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