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Former Alabama teacher pleads guilty to sex charges involving three high school athletes

April 8, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Former Alabama teacher pleads guilty to sex charges involving three high school athletes

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A married high school teacher in Alabama pleaded guilty to lewd sexual behavior with three of her students on Friday

Ashley Parkins Pruitt, a 30-year-old with one child, pleaded guilty to two counts of engaging in deviant sex with an underage student and two counts of pornography distribution to a minor in Alabama.

If she accepts a plea, she will be sentenced to 15 years behind bars, AL.com reported. There will also be a $1,000 penalty for each count and a $100 Crime Victim Compensation Fee. Additionally, she will also be required to register as a sex offender.

Pruitt was charged in 2014 after she turned herself into authorities.

Ashley Parkins Pruitt, in her booking photo following her arrest

Pruitt, an English and P.E. teacher at Appalachian High School, pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual incidents with three male students between August and October of 2014. All three underage teens were in her class at some point.

She had oral sex with one of the teens in a vehicle.

She told another minor that she wanted to take his virginity and sent him sexual texts and nude pictures of herself on Snapchat.

Pruitt “made out” with another one of her students in Oneonta and also used Snapchat to send him lewd pictures of her private areas.

The disgraced teacher pleaded guilty to four counts: two counts of providing pornography to a minor and two counts of sex acts with a student

Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey said: “I am pleased we resolved this case before trial. These three boys have been subjected to enough public scrutiny as a result of Pruitt’s actions.”

“It’s not easy for victims of predators to appear at trial to discuss personal matters with 12 jurors and a room of spectators.”

She initially pleaded guilty to charges on April 10th.

Pruitt, who was the coach for the girls basketball team, is married with a young son.

During the investigation, the woman was placed on leave.

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