March 12th, 2015|
A Blount County grand jury has indicted a teacher accused of inappropriate sexual behavior with three high school boys last year.
Ashley Parkins Pruitt, 28, was arrested Nov. 13 when she turned herself into authorities. She was charged with three felonies and two misdemeanors, and was released the same day after posting $215,000 bond.
The grand jury issued the indictments against Pruitt Jan. 29, but the documents were just made available this morning.
She was indicted on five counts: two counts of providing pornography to a minor, two counts of sex act with a student, one count of sex contact with a student. Pruitt was placed on leave from her job at Appalachian High School during the investigation.
Authorities say the alleged incidents happened in August, September and October of 2014, according to court records. The allegations against the teacher range from having oral sex in a car to sending sexually-explicit photos of her breasts and vagina to the victims.
In October, authorities said, Pruitt sent pictures of her vagina and breasts to a student who is under the age of 18 via Snapchat. She carried on multiple conversations with the “Victim #1,” which included her desire to take the victim’s virginity, according to an affidavit filed in Blount County.
Also in October, Pruitt engaged in oral sex with “Victim #2” who is also a student and who is under the age of 19. The sex act took place in a vehicle in Oneonta, court records show. She also used Snapchat to set up the meeting and carried on conversations with the victim that were sexually explicit, according to the affidavit.
From August through September, Pruitt engaged in sexual contact with “Victim #3,” another student under the age of 19. That contact, authorities said, included “kissing” and “making out” and also took place in a car in Oneonta. Pruitt also used Snapchat to send “Victim #3” sexually explicit messages, according to court records.
Pruitt has pleaded not guilty to the charges. A trial date has not yet been set.
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