WADLEY - Wadley para-pro and head boys basketball coach and assistant football coach Terrell Zachery has been arrested on charges of a school employee engaging in a sex act.
According to the Alabama Criminal Code, the charge is placed when a school employee is accused of having a sexual encounter with a student.
Randolph County Schools Superintendent John Jacobs said that Zachery was placed on administrative leave on Sept. 23, stemming from the alleged incident. Zachery was placed under arrest last Friday.
"We are sad to hear of this arrest," Jacobs said before declining further comment.
Wadley principal Lori Carlisle also declined comment on the situation, saying only she is not permitted to discuss anything concerning faculty or students. She did confirm that as of Tuesday afternoon Zachery was still employed with the school system.
Jacobs said Zachery will remain on paid administrative leave until either he resigns or his case is resolved.
Zachery was an all-state receiver at Wadley High School and set the state record (which he still holds) for career receiving yards before graduating in 2006. He went on to play at Auburn University and was a member of the 2010 team that won the national championship. He returned to Wadley after his playing career ended and has been at the school since 2013. He has been an assistant football coach throughout that time and has also served as head boys basketball and baseball coach.
A school employee engaging in a sex act is a Class B felony. If Zachery is convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison and up to $30,000 in fines.