Alabama community college professor charged with 40 sex crimes

Published 2:25 pm Wednesday, October 6, 2021

An Alabama community college professor has been arrested on 40 sex crime charges, authorities said.

Kimberly Sonanstine of Ozark was taken into custody Tuesday night by Alabama Law Enforcement Agency agents, news outlets reported.

The 38-year-old was charged with 30 counts of sexual abuse, eight counts of sodomy and two counts of traveling to meet with a child for an unlawful sex act.

Wallace Community College in Dothan lists Sonanstine as a biology professor on its website.

“Faculty member Kimberly Sonanstine is no longer teaching classes and will remain off campus, pending the outcome of the proceedings,” the college said in a statement.

Sonanstine is being held in the Dale County Jail without bond. Court records were not available Wednesday to show whether Sonanstine had a lawyer who could speak on her behalf.