Baldwin Teacher's Aide Arrested on Meth Charges

Baldwin Teacher's Aide Arrested on Meth Charges

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Teacher's aide Lynda Rigsby is charged with possessing and manufacturing methamphetamine. Teacher's aide Lynda Rigsby is charged with possessing and manufacturing methamphetamine.
LOXLEY, Alabama -

This is the house authorities say Lynda Rigsby and her boy friend Steven East made and sold methamphetamine.

"I couldn't believe it was her because she just seemed like a regular neighbor and with her child it's just disappointing." A neighbor who spoke to News Five didn't want to be identified but says the arrest was a complete surprise.

"I just can't believe somebody could go live a double life like that."

"That's what you think, it is a double life?"

"It's got to be cause how can you pretend to go and educate children and then come home and do drugs.?"

Lynda Rigsby was a teacher's aide at Magnolia School working with special needs children. She had been an employee with the school system since 2001 and had never had any disciplinary action against her and until Friday's arrest had no brushes with the law.

"Her house, her attic and she definitely had knowledge of what was going on."

Sheriff Hoss Mack says Rigsby and East were in a relationship and living together. He has multiple arrests on meth charges in other counties and there is conflicting information on whether or not she uses meth.

We showed the sheriff a series of photo's of Rigsby. A drivers license photo, a school photo and her mug shot. He says the evidence is clear. "This lady appears to have some natural beauty about her to her booking photograph which there is nothing beautiful about that at all."

"That's her from walking around the development. I can't believe that's her," says the neighbor after seeing the same photographs. 

But other neighbors say it wasn't drugs Rigsby was caught up in, it was love and a willingness to do anything Steven East wanted.

Rigsby's adult, special needs daughter is currently in the care of relatives. Authorities plan to pursue child endangerment charges against Rigsby and East.

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