A teacher’s aide in Texas, Mesquite to be exact, was arrested Thursday for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy.

27-year-old mother of two, Jessica Benton, admitted to having multiple sexual encounters with the boy; at least 10 times since May.

She worked as a kindergarten teacher’s aide at Tisinger Elementary, but authorities say the assaults took place at a private home and didn’t involve a student at the school she was employed at. The victim was a student was from a school in the same district, however.

Ms. Benton was separated from her husband and living with a family member that had several kids in the home. The victim wasn’t among them. He was, however, friends with the family and was often there for sleepovers. It was another child in the home that sounded the proverbial alarm.

The disgraced aide told investigators that she actually thought she could have a long-term relationship with the young boy. Rumors that she was pregnant with his child were put to rest by a negative pregnancy test.

She was initially charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child, but the charges were changed to continuous sexual assault of a child.

Her bond was set at $100,000, and the Mesquite Independent School District placed her on leave pending the outcome of the investigation.


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