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Former Sheffield teachers accused of crimes against kids

Two Sheffield High School teachers were in court Tuesday and both face very serious charges involving crimes against students. Two Sheffield High School teachers were in court Tuesday and both face very serious charges involving crimes against students.

(WMC-TV) – Two Sheffield High School teachers were in court Tuesday and both face very serious charges involving crimes against students.

The courthouse calendar coincidence placed the two former Sheffield High School teachers right across the hall from one another in General Sessions Court Tuesday.

Former Sheffield High School teacher April Wade was inside Division 13 Tuesday, while former Sheffield theater teacher Darrin Miller faced a judge in Division 9.

Wade, a 34-year-old Spanish teacher, is charged with having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student for more than a year and moving him into her home.

Miller is accused of trying to lure middle and high school boys into his car.

Wade's case was quickly reset to February, but Miller's court hearing ran more than an hour.

Five teens who accused Miller of trying to lure them into his car testified. They all pointed at Miller as the man who approached them on their walk to school on different occasions. Each said they either ran off or Miller drove off when they rejected his advances. They all described his dark purple car and say he pulled up, told them what he wanted to do to them, and asked them to get in his car. Some said he offered cash.

A Melrose High School student said it happened just feet from the school while a 14-year-old Hamilton Middle School student said he was "scared." A 15-year-old Sherwood Middle School student said Miller approached him on two occasions and 13-year-old Hamilton Middle School student said Miller kept telling him to "get in the car."

One teen said Miller also approached him twice. The first time, he saw a "little kid" at Miller's car. He said he asked the boy why he looked frightened and the boy wouldn't say. Then, he said Miller made a U-turn pulled up to him and told him he had a nice physique.

He said the second time, he was both mad and terrified.

The judge refused to reduce Miller's $200,000 bond and also dismissed three of Miller's ten charges because she said they were not worded correctly.

The case is headed to the grand jury.

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