Bond reduced for bus driver accused of having sex with student
by David Atchison
PELL CITY — A jail bond was reduced Tuesday for a school bus driver arrested for allegedly having sex with a student.

St. Clair County District Court Judge Alan Furr reduced the bond set for Aleah Love, 29, of Pell City from $100,000 to $15,000.

Furr said he considered the reduction in the bond amount after speaking with Love’s Birmingham attorney Jonathan Cross.

“You will be here for your May 14 hearing, right?” Furr asked Love, who appeared for her court advisement, through video conferencing.

“Yes sir,” Love said. “I just want to go home to my babies.”

Her initial court appearance is set for Tuesday, May 14, at 9 a.m.

Love was uncertain about the charges against her.

“I’m not real sure, something to do with the school,” she said.

Love is charged with one count of a sex act with a student under the age of 19 because she was employed by the Pell City Board of Education. Love worked for the School System as a bus driver at the time of the alleged sexual encounter with the student.

“At no time did the act occur on school grounds, nor on a school bus,” District Attorney Richard Minor said Monday, shortly after Love’s arrest.

Love turned herself in to authorities and was still being held at the St. Clair County Jail in Pell City Tuesday afternoon.

Furr told Love she is not to have any contact with the victim or the victim’s family while she is out on bond.

He told Love she should not have any contact with the Pell City Board of Education or property while she remains free on bond.

Love said she was not in possession or driving a Pell City school bus anymore.

“They told me to go home until further notice,” she said.

Assistant Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Barber said Monday that Love was placed on administrative leave Friday afternoon, pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.

Minor said a school employee engaging in a sex act with a student under the age of 19 is a Class B felony and if convicted is punishable by 2-20 years in prison.

© 2013