New Boston, Texas teacher’s aide Ashlyn Faye Bell has been sentenced for having sex with teen students, after telling the court she didn’t know she was prohibited from doing that as a public school employee.
According to the Texarkana Gazette, Ashlyn Faye Bell, 24, was sentenced this week after pleading guilty to multiple charges linked to her sex with students at the public school where she worked.
She was sentenced to serve four years in prison by an all-female jury. She was also recommended probation for two additional counts.
Bell is due back in court in May for a presentencing hearing to determine the full punishment for the three counts she pleaded guilty toward.
Bell will be held in the Bowie County jail until the May hearing and will be transported to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to serve her four-year prison term some time afterward.
Ashlyn Faye Bell will also be required to register as a sex offender after pleading guilty to sexual relations with three students, two aged 17 and one aged 16.
Bell testified Wednesday that she didn’t know that Texarkana Independent School District policy prohibited staff other than teachers from having sex with students.
She also testified that she believed the students were all 18 or older.
The Toronto Sun reported that Bell also testified that the boys were the aggressors in the sexual relationships. The court heard the single mom would sometimes bring her young baby to rendezvouses with the students.
One of the 17-year-olds said he and Bell first began chatting online and eventually arranged to meet at a truck stop. He said he was shocked when she picked him up and her baby was in the backseat.
Prosecutors pushed back on Ashlyn Faye Bell’s assertion she didn’t know the school policies prohibiting student-sex or that she believed the boys were 18 or older.
Prosecutors pointed to the appearances of the boys in question, as well as documentation signed by Bell that addressed sexual harassment policies.
“All you saw in here was a liar when the truth would have been better,” a prosecutor argued. “I’ve heard about all the victim blaming I want to hear.”
Bell’s attorney had pleaded to the court for clemency and argued the jury should not leave her young children without a mother.
Bell is accused of having sexual encounters with all three of the boys in the fall of 2019.
Prior to her guilty plea, Ashlyn Faye Bell was accused of luring the three boys into sex through her work as a teacher’s aide in Texarkana.
The plot was uncovered after another teacher overheard one of the boys asking the other if he had gotten the woman pregnant, The U.S. Sun previously reported.
Following her sentence, Bell will be forbidden from working in public schools again due to her conviction.
“It will be about two years before Texas parole officials may consider Bell for release,” the Gazette wrote.
One of the 17-year-olds claimed he had sex with Bell at her New Boston home during Thanksgiving break last November.