Former Stephan Decatur Teacher Acquitted On Sexual Abuse Charges


The former Stephan Decatur High School teacher who was accused of sexual abuse of a student has been acquitted. 27-year-old Austin Martin sent inappropriate texts to one of his student who was 17 at the time from June to November last year. What helped Martin in this case was the fact that most of the texts sent between the two happened over the summer, where Martin is not considered under law to be a teacher. The girl testified on Martin’s behalf, saying she talked to him about personal problems. Martin was fired from Decatur in December, 2016.