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Family attorney speaks out after restraining order goes into effect against a former Tuscumbia High School teacher


A former Tuscumbia High School teacher is set to be arraigned Tuesday after multiple victims accused him of sexual misconduct charges.

Michael J. Allen was charged last month with two counts each of statutory sodomy and sexual contact with a student.

An alleged victim -- a student at the school -- got a restraining order against Allen, which is in effect through March 14, 2023.

The restraining order states that there were findings of stalking or sexual assault and because of that Allen can't be within 500 feet of the student, who ABC 17 News will refer to as victim one.

Grant Boyd, a lawyer who represents the student who sought the restraining order, says he believes Allen's behavior has gone on for some time. "We're looking into that and looking as to how this got so far off the tracks and how there are people that allow this type of conduct to continue to occur and expose students to this type of conduct," Boyd said.

Boyd said Allen consented to the restraining order instead of choosing to fight the allegations against it, but he said the charges will not stop here.

"It's our understanding that potential behavior is alleged to have occurred with multiple students of the school district," Boyd said.

A probable cause statement refers to another victim, victim two, also a student, who was invited to Allen's apartment where he allegedly provided her alcohol and touched her inappropriately without consent.

The allegations also claim that Allen tried to touch victim two multiple times throughout the 2021 school year without consent. He also allegedly sent the victim inappropriate photos and forced her do to the same.

Victim one's restraining order states that Allen is not able to be on the premises of any Miller County R-III schools.

"Not only keeping the students safe that sought your protection, but also keeping the other students of the school district safe as well because based on the information out there, it seems that Mr. Allen can't be trusted around students anymore," Boyd said of the order.

Boyd also says law enforcement is investigating to see if other people knew these assaults were happening.

"It seems that all too often in this state, that employees of school districts or people are given multiple second chances after the initial someone records an incident or raises the concern. We're looking to see if that happened in this case," Body said.

Allen's arraignment is set for 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Miller County Courthouse, according to online court records.

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