Lanice Clifton Bonds, a Dothan Police Department resource officer, has been charged with having an inappropriate relationship with a high school student. Bonds, 37, was arrested on September 24, 2013 and charged with “school employee engaging in a sex act with a student under the age of 19.” Court records show the offense allegedly took place in October of 2012.
Internal Affairs investigators launched an investigation when criminal allegations surfaced after a September 17th complaint was placed by the Dothan City School System. According to police, the case was then turned over to Dothan Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division. Brown has since been interviewed about the facts of the case and confessed to his involvement.
Circuit Court Judge Michael Conaway has set Bonds’ bail at $250,000. Cada Carter, an attorney representing Bonds, filed a request on Wednesday to reduce the amount of bail. Carter believes the current bond amount for his client “is the same as no bond being granted at all.”
If convicted of the class B felony criminal charge, school official or employee having sex with a student, Bonds faces a maximum sentence of two to 20 years in prison.
Lanice Bonds has served as a school resource officer at Dothan High School for the last six years. Termination proceedings have been initiated against Bonds in accordance with the city of Dothan personnel rules and regulations.