A HIGH school teacher’s aide faces up to 60 years behind bars after she was charged with having sex with three teenage students.
Ashlyn Faye Bell allegedly slept with two 17-year-old pupils and a third who was just 16 while she worked at the Texas High School in Texarkana between August 2019 and May 2020.
Although the age of consent in Texas is 17, it’s illegal for an educator to have sex with a student of any age unless they’re married to each other.
Police began investigating the 24-year-old classroom aide in June after a teacher overheard a group of boys talking about how one of them may have gotten Bell pregnant, Texarkana Today reported.
One of the 17-year-olds claimed he had sex with Bell at her New Boston home during Thanksgiving break last November.
When confronted, the student allegedly said they’d slept together once and that she’d told him he wasn’t the “daddy”, as she claimed other students also had sex with her.
The first boy, 17, told detectives he knew Bell from working in the school library and that he started talking to her on Snapchat.
Around Thanksgiving, the former teacher allegedly arranged to meet the teen at a truck stop, then drove him to her home to have sex.
The boy told cops that her child was in a car seat in the backseat of Bell’s car when she came to pick him up, and then put her child to sleep before the two went to her bedroom, according to the outlet.
The second student, also 17, told investigators he also had sex with Bell at her home after she became his tutor.
The third student, 16, told authorities had sex with her for the first time at her house after the last Texas High football game of the season on November 22, 2019.
The boy claims Bell then drove him back to his home at 5.15am after their sexual encounter and met up with him again the following weekend.
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It wasn’t immediately clear if Bell is or was recently pregnant.
Bell was arrested on June 24 and was indicted on Friday on two counts of improper relationship between educator and student and one count of sexual assault of a child.
She has been released on $150,000 bond and the case is due back in court later in the year.