A former special needs teacher in Alabama involved in making intimate relationships with two students has declared guilty, reports say.
Lyndsey Sherrod Bates, who also taught volleyball at Madison County High School in Gurley, sentenced Tuesday to time completed plus three years of probation. A 10-year jail sentence also suspended as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.
23-year-old Bates accused of getting physical with one student and engaging in a lewd act with another. Both teens were at least 16 years old, and neither was in Bates’ class at the school, Madison County Assistant District Attorney Tim Douthit told.
Two days after she brought into custody, Bates’ husband, Andrew, registered for divorce, citing “incompatibility” in an uncontested breakup that later settled some 14 months after they got married.
Andrew Bates’ father, Stacy Bates, is a chief deputy for the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, which stated at the moment of her arrest, ensuring that the relationship did not affect the investigation.
Lyndsey Bates will also have to list as a criminal for the rest of her life.
State law forbids all school employees from getting physical with students, regardless of consent or whether the student is a part of the teacher’s class, according to the website.
Bates declared guilty to three charges in all, including three counts of distributing obscene material to a student. She had listed to arrive in court early Wednesday.