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Madison County school employee caught with student in traffic stop, charged with sex crimes

A traffic stop Saturday in Madison County led to an investigation into a Madison County Schools employee, who was subsequently accused of sex crimes against a 15-year-old student who was in the car with her.

Officers conducted a traffic stop on Makayla Ann Anderton, 26, at Highway 72 and Shields Road around 11:45 p.m. Saturday, according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

The minor, a student at Madison County schools, was a passenger in the vehicle.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Anderton has been charged with numerous sex crimes against the minor that occurred over the past two months.

Anderton began engaging the victim in conversations that became sexual in nature, the sheriff’s office said. The victim and suspect then exchanged numerous photos, videos and explicit text messages, the sheriff’s office said.

Anderton also met the victim several times and engaged in several sexual acts, the sheriff’s office said.

On April 20, sheriff’s office detectives arrested Anderton and booked her into the Madison County Jail. Anderton was charged with the following charges:

School employee distributing obscene material to a student, rape, 2nd degree statutory; sodomy, second degree; and a school employee engaging in a sexual act or deviate sexual intercourse with a student under the age of 19.

Anyone with information about the case or who believes they may have been the victim of a similar attack is encouraged to call the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (256) 533-8820.