Etowah County school administrator on leave after indictment for sexual abuse

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An assistant principal at an Etowah County school has been placed on administrative leave after he was indicted on charges of first-degree sexual abuse.

William David Lockridge, 47, was arrested on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse Monday and released the same day on $100,000 bond. The website for West End High School listed David Lockridge as assistant principal at the school

"The Etowah County Board of Education is aware of an indictment involving Mr. David Lockridge and he has been placed on administrative leave," Etowah County Schools Superintendent Alan Cosby said in a statement.

A call to Lockridge about the case Tuesday was not immediately returned.

The indictment in the case accuses Lockridge of subjecting another person to sexual contact by forcible compulsion. The case was investigated by Gadsden police, according to court documents.

Contact Gadsden Times reporter Donna Thornton at 256-393-3284 or

This article originally appeared on The Gadsden Times: Etowah County school administrator arrested in sexual abuse case

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