Leslie Gillespie, an English teacher at R.A. Hubbard High School was found dead in her home on Saturday morning, from what police said was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Two days earlier, the 44-year-old was arrested and booked on rape and sodomy charges.
According to court documents, Gillespie was busted for a September incident in which she performed sex acts on two teen students in her classroom after school hours. The boys were 15 and 16 at the time.
Following her arrest, Gillespie was released on $60,000 bail and was placed on leave by the school.
“The Lawrence County school district has been made aware that an employee has been arrested,” said Superintendent of Lawrence County Schools Jon Bret Smith in a statement. “Our school district treats this type of situation with the highest level of care. District leaders are conducting an investigation into this matter and will support law enforcement as they do the same.”
Gillespie was named Teacher of the Year by the school in 2019.