Hot to Trot Teach: Tiffanie Kay Bedinger

Hot to Trot Teach Accused of Sex with Teen: She Had Sought to Stop Him from Using Marijuana

from www.star-telegram.com - A former Richland High School varsity cheerleading coach accused of having sex with a male student 10 to 15 times at her Keller home told her principal that she had befriended him to help him curtail his marijuana use, according to an arrest warrant affidavit released Thursday.

Tiffanie Kay BedingerThe 17-year-old boy, who has since graduated from Richland High, was Tiffanie Kay Bedinger's student during his junior and senior years, the affidavit said.

The student told authorities that Bedinger first texted him in early February, when he had just broken up with his girlfriend, according to the affidavit.

After that, Bedinger is accused of having a sexual relationship with the student from the end of February until April, when his father found out, North Richland Hills police said in the affidavit.

Bedinger, 44, who also taught business education, was arrested Tuesday after North Richland Hills investigators spent weeks interviewing the student's relatives, teachers and other students.

She was free Thursday after posting $30,000 bail shortly after her arrest. 

She resigned in April, according to Birdville school district records. She is expected to be charged with an improper relationship between an educator and student, North Richland Hills police said. Neither Bedinger nor her attorney could be reached Thursday.

She was arrested in Watauga, where authorities believe she now lives, but she lived in Keller at the time of the alleged relationship.

According to the affidavit, the boy told authorities that he met Bedinger during his sophomore year before attending her classes.

Their relationship started to grow in his junior and senior years; he told authorities that "she was kind of like my mom."

Bedinger began texting the boy in February and was aware the relationship was wrong because she always advised him to delete the messages, according to the affidavit.

From February to April, the two met 10 to 15 times and had unprotected sex at her Keller home, according to the affidavit.

She attended all his sporting events, and he went on an overnight fishing trip with her March 5, according to the affidavit.

His father confronted him March 6, but the boy denied having a relationship with Bedinger, the father told authorities.

But in April, the boy admitted the relationship to his father after getting into some trouble. He then told Bedinger that he had told his father about the relationship, according to the affidavit.

The boy's father later contacted Bedinger, telling her that he would be turning her in soon.

According to the affidavit, Bedinger immediately contacted her principal, saying she may need to resign because she had been texting a male student, but she didn't say that she had had sex with him. Bedinger told her principal that she had been trying "to get him back to being a good kid" and stop him from using marijuana.

Bedinger later admitted to the principal that she had had a relationship with the boy that led the school official to ask for her resignation, according to the affidavit.

http://www.star-telegram.com - A former Richland High School cheerleading coach has been sentenced to five years' probation for having sex with a male student whom she said she had befriended to help him curtail his marijuana use.

Tiffanie Kay Bedinger, 45, of Watauga pleaded guilty last week to improper relations with a student, who was 17 at the time of the crime. Bedinger had faced a maximum of 20 years in prison for the felony charge.

Bedinger and her attorney, Abe Factor of Fort Worth, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

"We consulted with the victim's family and took into consideration all of the available evidence and the facts and circumstances of the case in coming to this decision," Melody McDonald, a spokeswoman with the Tarrant County district attorney's office, said Tuesday. "We felt this was an appropriate resolution to the case."

The student, who graduated from Richland last year, was Bedinger's student in his junior and senior years, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Bedinger taught business education at the school from August 2006 until her resignation April 2011, according to Birdville school district records.

The teen told authorities that he met Bedinger during his sophomore year, the affidavit said. Their relationship started to grow in his junior and senior years when he was in her classes, and he told police and a Child Protective Services caseworker that "she was kinda like my mom."

She started sending him text messages in February 2011 after he broke up with his girlfriend, according to the affidavit. The relationship between Bedinger and the student progressed to girlfriend and boyfriend, the affidavit stated.

Bedinger was aware, however, that the relationship was wrong because she always advised him to delete messages from her. He told authorities that "it was pretty much understood that I was supposed to be trying to protect her and she was supposed to be protecting me I guess."

Initially, the student saved Bedinger's telephone number but later changed it to symbols so no one would know who she was, according to the affidavit.

The two had unprotected sex several times at her home for about three months, the affidavit stated.

The student told authorities that he told his father he was at various friends' homes on the nights he was with Bedinger. On March 5, 2011, the student went with Bedinger on an overnight fishing trip, according to the affidavit.

The student was confronted by his father about having a relationship with Bedinger on March 6, 2011, but the teen denied it, the father told authorities.

But in April 2011, the teen admitted the relationship to his father after getting into some trouble. He then told Bedinger that he had told his father about the relationship, according to the affidavit.

Bedinger later admitted to the principal that she had had a relationship with the teen, and she was asked for her resignation.

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