Hot to Trot Teach: Ashley Nicole Anderson

Hot to Trot Teach Hits the Trifecta - Nude Photos and Sex with 4 Lucky Students

from - IOWA CITY (AP) — A 24-year-old former high school teacher in rural Iowa turned herself into authorities Friday after admitting that she had four sexual relationships with male students during the previous school year, police said.

Ashley Nicole Anderson, a math teacher at Aplington-Parkersburg High School, sent nude photographs of herself to students in text messages, performed oral sex with at least three of the students, and had intercourse with one of them at his home, according to a criminal complaint filed in Butler County.

Anderson, who lives in Ackley, was booked and released from the Butler County jail after posting $5,000 bond. She is charged with four counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee, each of which carries up to five years in prison.

A phone number for her was unavailable Friday, and it was not clear whether she had yet retained an attorney.

The police department in Parkersburg, a city of 1,900 in northeast Iowa, received information Sept. 20 that Anderson had sexually abused a student after one of the victims confided in someone, and a teacher heard about it, said Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation special agent Larry Hedlund. He said police contacted DCI to investigate.

Anderson, who taught algebra, geometry and pre-calculus classes at the high school, recently resigned from the district. She had also served as the faculty adviser for Students Against Drunk Driving and the prom committee, and was the assistant girls’ track coach. She started working at the district in 2010.

The investigation found that Anderson had a relationship with an 18-year-old senior she had in class last fall that started with kissing and escalated to multiple sex acts, including at his residence. Anderson had similar relationships with a 16-year-old junior who served on the prom committee and a 16-year-old sophomore, the complaint said.

A fourth relationship with a 17-year-old student included a kiss on a gravel road after track practice last spring and continued after he graduated from the school, the complaint said.

In each case, “Anderson admitted to the conduct,” according to the complaint, which said the relationships spanned from Aug. 1, 2011 to June 30.

Aplington-Parkersburg High School Principal Dave Meyer and Superintendent Jon Thompson said in a statement the district was aware of the allegations but could not comment on the specifics.

“We can affirm that our students will always be our first priority and that we have followed all school policies on matters such as this and that the school cooperated fully with the police investigation,” they said.

UPDATE - from - ALLISON — A former Aplington-Parkersburg math teacher briefly broke down Monday as she apologized for having sex with students at her school.

“I know I have let my family down, but I want everyone to know that I am addressing these problems the best I can,” Ashley Anderson, 24, told the court.

“I also want to take this opportunity to share my apology with the state, the court and especially the families of the individuals whom my interactions have caused grief and loss,” she said.

Anderson, of Ackley, had been facing up to 15 years in prison after her April plea to three counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee based on allegations she had sexual contact with four students ages 16 to 18.

Judge Christopher Foy sentenced her to up to five years in prison, running all three counts concurrent, and imposed a $750 fine.

“There was ongoing conduct here. It wasn’t a situation where you has a lapse of judgement on one occasion ... There was some planning, some conscious thought given to what was happening,” Foy said.

Anderson also will be on supervised probation for 10 years after her prison time and will have to register as a sex offender and submit a DNA sample.

Foy entered a restraining order preventing her from contacting the victims. 

Assistant Attorney General Scott Brown had asked the court to give her 10 years in prison.

“The defendant in this case took advantage of her position as a teacher in developing the relationships with these young men that she had sexual contact with,” Brown said. "They were young and impressionable, they were high school boys that she took advantage of."

Defense attorney David Roth noted Anderson readily admitted to the allegations when they came to light and cooperated with authorities during the investigation, forgoing deposition of the victims.

“Some things are difficult to talk about, but she stood up and acknowledged and did what she was supposed to do,” Roth said. "Her primary concern from that moment on was the protection of those kids, protection of the school district."

He said the incident cost her Anderson her marriage, and she is undergoing counseling.

Brown said Anderson wasn’t eligible for a suspended sentence, which would have sent her straight to probation, because her role as a teacher made her a mandatory reporter of suspected abuse and the crime involved minors.

Several of Anderson’s relatives and other supporters attended the sentencing. None of the victims or their parents was present, but some did submit written victim-impact statements to the court, Brown said.

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