Twin brother of accused Sylvania teacher faces sex charges

A former Fort Payne teacher is facing sex charges only days after his twin brother was arrested for similar offenses.

Donavan Wayne Dalton, 28, of Rainsville, was taken into custody Thursday and booked into the DeKalb County Detention Center, charged as a school employee having sexual contact with a student under the age of 19. His bond has been set at $150,000.

The arrest comes five days after his brother Dustin Wade Dalton, 28, of Rainsville, was charged with enticing a child for immoral purposes and dissemination of obscene material.

Donavan Dalton was a special education teacher and coach with the Fort Payne School System, according to the Times-Journal. Dustin Dalton was a teacher in Sylvania with DeKalb County Schools.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office received a report Thursday of inappropriate activity between a man and a juvenile, which led to the arrest, the department said in a statement.

Sheriff Nick Welden said the investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.

“I want the public to be assured that this case is our utmost priority,” Welden said. “Nothing matters more than protecting the children of our county. Every child should be able to have an education without these types of predatory monsters seeking to take advantage of them.”

Earlier today, the DeKalb County Board of Education issued a statement saying that it was working with the sheriff’s office as well as the Alabama Department of Human Resources.

Anyone with information, or who knows of other possible victims, is asked to contact investigators at (256) 845-3801. Tips can be confidential.

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