Teacher indicted on charges he had an inappropriate relationship with a student marries victim

CLEVELAND, Alabama -- An Alabama high school teacher indicted on charges he had an inappropriate relationship with a female student has now married that student, AL.com reports.

37-year-old Matthew Shane Wester married 18-year-old Amy Nicole Cox on Saturday, June 13th, according to public records.

AL.com says according to authorities, the marriage could impact the criminal case against Wester.

Wester resigned as a teacher and coach at Cleveland High School in Cleveland, Alabama. He was a math teacher, and an assistant varsity football coach and head track coach.

Wester was indicted in January on one count of a teacher having sexual contact with a student. According to the indictment, Wester "intentionally and knowingly engaged with a male or female student under the age of 19 in sexual contact which was done for the purpose of gratifying the sexual desire of either party, to wit - kissing and spending the night with the victim."

AL.com reports Wester and Cox got their marriage license in early June. Cox graduated from high school in May.

Wester was placed on paid leave in November 2014, amid these allegations.

Wester was married at the time the investigation began, AL.com reports. The divorce was final in April.

"The charges currently pending against Mr. Wester stem from an investigation of his relationship with the victim while she was a student and he was a teacher. Now that the legal status of their relationship has changed, we will have to look at our case to determine how we will proceed," Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey told AL.com.