PROOF: Alabama is the teacher-student sex capital of the USA [SLIDESHOW]

While no state is immune to the national epidemic of teacher-student sex stories, the stars really seem to have fallen on Alabama when it comes to the phenomenon. The state of about 4.8 million residents (a little over half the population of New York City) seems to produce teacher-sex stories like so much kudzu.

In this slideshow, The Daily Caller presents the compelling evidence.

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  • Amanda Watkins, a teacher at Sheffield Junior High near Florence, Ala. was convicted in a 2011 jury trial of rape and sodomy for having a sexual encounter with a 15-year-old male in the back seat of her car in the school parking lot. In her defense at trial, the attorney representing Watkins argued that she was suffering from mental disorders when the incident occurred. Watkins, 39 at the time, was sentenced to a 10-year prison term. She was released from prison in 2013. (Photo: Colbert County Sheriff's Department)
  • Amy Kathleen Caudle, a special education teacher at Andalusia Middle School in rural southern Alabama, copped a guilty plea to two counts of second-degree sodomy in 2011. She performed oral sex on two underage students in her car. Her sentence was 15 years in prison, but she was only required to serve three years. Caudle was 31 years old at the time. (Photo: Andalusia Police Department)
  • Jennifer Hawk Elebash, a foreign language teacher at Central High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala. was arrested and charged with having sex with a student in 2012. There was also a count of harassment. Elebash was 40 years old at the time of the incident, which was 2011. The student was 16. (Photo: Tuscaloosa Police Department)
  • In 2012, fifth-grade teacher Heather Whitten was convicted of second-degree rape for having sex with a student between the ages of 12 and 16. Whitten taught at Williams Intermediate School in Pell City, Ala. (just east of Birmingham). She was 38 years old at the time. She was also married and is the mother of three children. The Auburn University graduate's sentence was five years in prison but she was only required to serve one year. (Photo: St. Clair County Sheriff's Office)
  • <strong>LaTengala Williams</strong>, a teacher at Selma Middle School, pleaded guilty this month to having sex with two students who were attending Selma High School at the time. Williams, 36, was also charged with possession of images of a juvenile engaged in obscene acts and electronic solicitation of a child. (Photo: Selma Police Department)
  • In December 2013, Catherine Michelle Bell, as assistant principal at Pelham High School in Shelby County, Ala., was charged with three counts of engaging in a sex act with a student under 19 years old. Bell, 33, was divorced in August 2013. At last report, she and her husband had shared custody of their four-year-old son. (Photo: Shelby County Jail)
  • In December 2013, Stephanie Suggs Millard was sentenced to a 10-year prison suspended prison term for having sexual dalliances with a 17-year-old male student over a two-month period in 2012. She was 33 at the time. Millard said she believed the student was 18 when the sexual encounters occurred. (Photo: YouTube screenshot/gagonpepsi)
  • <strong>Jennifer Collins McNeill</strong>, a sixth-grade teacher and cheerleading sponsor in Thorsby, Ala. (about 40 miles south of Birmingham), was indicted in February for allegedly having multiple sexual encounters with a 14-year-old boy. McNeill, 39, faces half a dozen counts of second-degree rape and two counts of second-degree sodomy. She was reportedly married at the time of the tryst. (Photo: Chilton County Jail)
  • In March 2014, Crystal Gilliland Clowdus, a teacher at Susan Moore High School in rural Blountsville, Ala., pleaded guilty to transmitting obscene material to a child. Clowdus, 32, texted nude and partially nude photos of herself to a 15-year-old male student, according to local NBC affiliate WVTM. The married teacher was sentenced to 10 years in prison. However, nine of those years were suspended. She is serving just six months in prison and six months under house arrest. (Photo: WVTM screenshot)
  • Kimberly Bynum, a former math teacher at Vina High School in the northwest corner of The Yellowhammer State, faced criminal charges related to a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student in 2011. She was 29. The charges against Bynum were later dropped when she married the student. (Photo: Franklin County Sheriff's Office)
  • Albertville, Ala. High School substitute teacher Jennifer Marie Morton, 34, allegedly embroiled herself in sexual misconduct with a 17-year-old male student in 2013. Details are sketchy, though the dalliance did apparently occur on school grounds. Also, Morton had only been working as a sub at the school for three weeks. (Photo: Albertville Police Department)
  • Alicia Gray, 28, was a math teacher at Mary G. Montgomery High School in Semmes, Ala. (near Mobile) when she had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old boy. She later went to jail under the terms of a plea deal. Before she was officially sentenced, Gray and her pastor put a video apology on YouTube. In the YouTube video dated Jan. 10, she explains that she is making the same statement she made in court for everyone who wasn't there to hear it. (Photo: YouTube screenshot/Mark Wyatt)