Teacher’s aide who claimed she didn’t know her sex romps with THREE teenage students aged 16 and 17 were illegal is sentenced to four years in prison
Ashlyn Faye Bell, 24, worked as a teacher’s aide at Texas High School
She admitted to having sex with two 17-year-old students and one 16-year-old student during the fall of 2019
Bell claimed she was unaware that sex with students was illegal for all school employees – believing that the rule only pertained to actual teachers
She also claimed she believed all three of the students were 18 years old
Police started investigating Bell last summer after a teacher overheard a group of the boys joking that one of them might have been her ‘baby daddy’
A Texas teacher’s aide has been jailed after she admitted to having sex with three teenage students after initially claiming she thought it was legal to do so.
Mother-of-one Ashlyn Faye Bell, 24, was sentenced to four years behind bars by an all-female jury in Bowie County on Monday, despite claiming she thought only teachers were barred from doing so.
Bell was employed as a library assistant and teacher’s aide at Texas High School in Texarkana between August 2019 and May 2020.
The single mom admitted to having sex with three male students during that time period. Two of the boys were aged 17, while the other was aged 16.
The age of consent in Texas is 17. However, it is illegal for an educator to have sex with a student at any age unless they are married to one another.
Bell testified that she was not aware that sex with students was was against the law for all school employees – believing that the rule only pertained to actual teachers, The Blaze reports.
Moreover she claimed, she believed all three of the students were aged 18 at the time of their trysts.
Police began investigating Bell last summer after a teacher overheard a group of boys talking about how one of them may have gotten the aide pregnant.
A probable cause affidavit claims the students were mocking one of Bell’s victims by joking that he was her ‘baby daddy’. Bell was not pregnant at the time.
A police investigation uncovered that Bell had sex with one of the 17-year-olds at her home in New Boston in November 2019.
She allegedly began communicating with the student on SnapChat and picked him up from a truck stop before taking him home with her.
The victim claims that Bell put her young child to sleep before luring him into her bedroom while wearing panties and an oversized t-shirt.
Meanwhile, the second victim, also aged 17, told police he also had sex with Bell at her home that same autumn.
He visited her home on multiple occasions as she was ‘tutoring’ him. They had sex during one of those sessions the teen admitted to investigators.
Meanwhile, a third boy, aged 16, says he had sex with Bell in November 2019, and that she picked him up from his house with her three-year-old daughter child in the backseat.
At a hearing Monday before 202nd District Judge John Tidwell, Bell wore cuffs and shackles and a chain encircled her waist.
Judge Tidwell sentenced Bell to ten years probation on the count of sexual assault of a child for which the jury recommended probation and two five-year terms of probation on the two counts of improper relationship between educator and student.
Bell will be eligible for parole in 2023. She will be required to register as a sex offender following her release from jail.