For centuries, teachers have played a pivotal role in creating the greatest thinkers of all time. Viewed as pillars of society, their vigorous drive and passion to teach have established an unforeseen level of respect. But, oh, how times have changed.
In the current climate, we often finding ourselves reading countless scandalous stories about a teacher’s unlawful and inappropriate behavior, sadly distorting the public’s perception of teachers. In a sleepy town in Iowa, a well respected and liked teacher possessed an inspiring passion for education, gaining the trust of both her students and faculty. But, her true motives would have nothing to do with academics, but something far more sinister…
A Small Town Feel
In the small rural town of Ackley, Iowa, with a population of less than 1,500, the lives of residents have been embedded into its’ roots for generations now. A deeply connected community, the residents know one another on a first name basis, always making sure to shout their hellos as they continue throughout their day.
All Good Things Come To An End
Nothing out of the ordinary happens in the tiny town, besides maybe on occasion, the local drunk act more erratic than usual. But, like all good things that come to an end, the quiet, uneventful lives of Ackley residents will come to a major halt. Soon enough, a dynamite scandal would rock the sleepy town of Ackley, blowing its’ residents right in the gut, and permanently shattering its’ squeaky clean image.
A Good Girl
In the fall of 2010, a young, enthusiastic 24-year-old would finally fulfill her lifelong wish of becoming a teacher at the high school she had attended years before. Growing up in the sleepy town, Ashley was known as being somewhat of a perfectionist or an overachiever. Friends and family members all describe Ashley as someone who was always eager to learn, dedicated to her studies.
The Favorite Teacher
It wouldn’t come as a surprise when Ashley was hired as a math teacher by the Aplington-Parkersburg School District. Ashley quickly became a favorite amongst the students, who respected her creative teaching approach, but also could relate to her due to the closer age range. Faculty in the school also became loving fans of the bright eyed teacher, spellbound by her beautiful smile and eagerness to lend a helping hand to all. Put don’t let her sweet, innocent exterior fool you because her insides are as ugly and twisted as is imaginable…
The Hot Teacher
Besides her charismatic personality, the boys in the school also admired her pretty face. Some of the boys took her friendly approach as flirtatious and provocative, but they knew all too well that Ashley was off limits as their teacher. But, Ashley’s intentions had nothing to do with the education of her students, but sick and twisted thoughts that would shock the nation.
Well Respected Teacher
Ashley was quickly elected as one of the head organizers in the prom committee. As a whole, the small town viewed prom the way the rest of the nation anticipated the Oscars. Ashley’s active role in the committee showcased her excellent people skills and encouraged everyone to trust her decisions, positioning her as a respectable figure in the school and community.
The Golden Teacher
Success after success, Ashley had become a driving force in the school, with faculty singing songs of praise, and students always eager to be around the young teacher. At this point, Ashley had become assistant track coach and an advisor for Students Against Drunk Driving. Without a doubt, the young, beautiful teacher was invested in the student body, but apparently it would become too much for her own good..
Secrets Always Reveal Themselves
In any small town, there are no room for secrets. A single wrong move will quickly reveal itself to all. But, it would not be a forgotten mistake or accident, forthcoming allegations will soon rock the sleepy town to its’ core…
A Secret Relationship
At Aplington High School, a student confided in his friend about a dark, perverted secret relationship with a teacher at the building. This teacher would be no other than the school’s admired golden star, Ashley Anderson. The friend of the victim quickly approached another teacher at the building with the disgusting allegations. But, this would not be the only allegation, but one of many.
A Town In Shock
The teacher quickly notified the school administration and local police. Overwhelmed with shock and disbelief, the entire school and town were given a rude awakening. Even tight knit communities who desperately try to steer clear from crimes that usually affect city atmospheres are victim to the evils of the world.
No Denial Of Guilt
Some of Ackley’s residents truly believed that Ashley would strongly deny the allegation, but boy, were they wrong. She quickly resigned from her duties as a teacher without any attempt of denial or explanation. In the eyes of Ackley’s residents, Ashley’s actions or in better words, lack thereof, represented her guilt.
Skepticism In Teachers
Soon after, the trust placed in teachers would be a thing of the past. Sadly, a rapid mistrust of faculty became the overall sentiment in the tiny town. This sentiment would gain greater traction once another accuser came forward, and another, and then another.
Began With Nude Photos
In one complaint, the victims accused the fallen teacher of sending nude photographs of herself and having sexual contact with them. With allegations mounting against her, in a small town like Ackley, it would be difficult for Anderson to disappear. There was nothing she could do to avoid walking through its’ streets with the looks of disgust and remarks from her local townspeople. Her beauty and smile could no longer mask the predator embedded inside. The town she loved would no longer welcome a perverted soul walking through their streets.
An Illicit Relationship
In another complaint, Anderson is alleged to have first begun a relationship with an 18-year-old who was a student in the math class she taught. The illicit relationship continued in to the boy’s home where they had sex when his parents were not home. As an educator, she was innately responsible for the safety and well being of her students. Sadly, Anderson was more concerned with satisfying her sick and perverted fantasies than the advancement of her students’ studies.
An Array Of Victims
In yet another complaint, Anderson was accused of performing oral sex on three other students. With the school and town already in disarray, the revelation of the details in the complaints fueled a fire already burning. The residents of Ackley were rightfully angry with the former golden teacher, but anger would not subside the betrayal. If it were up to them, they would have posted her to a stake for taking advantage of their trust and most importantly, the innocence of their youth.
Exploiting Her Students
The details of the complaint reveal that Anderson had oral sex with a 16-year-old junior who served on the prom committee and a 16-year-old sophomore. Anderson used her platform in various organizations and clubs to befriend her victims, gain their trust, and then ultimately, sexually exploit them.
A Car Ride To Seduce A Boy
In the final complaint, a fourth relationship with a 17-year-old student began when Anderson offered him a ride home after track practice in the spring. Do not confuse this with an act of kindness. Yet again, the despicable woman used the student’s vulnerability to prey on him. Anderson stopped her car on a gravel road and kissed the victim. This would not be the last sexual encounter. The relationship continued even after he graduated from the school.
Ashley has pled guilty to all allegations. Initially, she had been facing up to 15 years in prison after her guilty plea to three counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee. Judge Christopher Foy sentenced her to up to five years in prison, running all three counts concurrent, and imposed a $750 fine.
A Registered Sex Offender
Anderson will also 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. Judge Foy also entered a restraining order preventing her from contacting the victims.
A Slap On The Wrist
Infuriated by the outcome, Ackley’s residents have insisted that Anderson’s punishment did not meet the crime. She knew what she was doing. And only stopped now because she was caught. They believe a harsher punishment is rightly deserved and will deter her from committing these perverted acts again.