Former professor charged with 40 sex crimes released from jail

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OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — An Ozark woman who was recently arrested and charged with 40 sex crime charges, including traveling to meet a child for an unlawful sex act, has been released from jail.

Kimberly Sonanstine, 38, was arrested on Tuesday, October 5 by Special Agents with ALEA. Sonanstine was arrested and charged with 30 misdemeanor counts of sexual abuse second degree, eight felony counts of sodomy second degree, and two felony counts of traveling to meet a child for an unlawful sex act.

According to court documents, the following cases came before the Dale County Court on Wednesday, October 20 for a bond modification hearing. Upon consideration of the several charges, the testimony of two witnesses, the arguments of counsel and factors that are included in Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure
Rule 7, Sonanstine bond was modified to $300,000 from the initial $500,000.

Kimberly Sonanstine, 38

Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure Rule 7 states before conviction, any defendant charged with an offense bailable, as a matter of right may be released pending or during trial on his or her personal recognizance or on an appearance bond.

In making such a determination, the court may take into account the following:

  • Defendant does not pose a real and present danger to others or to the public.
  • The age, background and family ties, relationships and circumstances of the defendant.
  • The defendant’s reputation and character.
  • The defendant not having a prior criminal record.
  • The identity of responsible members of the community who will vouch for the defendant’s reliability.

Sonanstine was a biology teacher at Wallace Community College and was terminated on October 7. She also previously taught at Carroll High School years ago, according to sources.

Per legal documents, Sonanstine has court on November 4. Stay with WDHN News as we keep you up to date on this case.

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