A former Crossett High School teacher has been charged with sexually assaulting one of her students this year.
Amanda Leigh Reilly, 31, is alleged to have had inappropriate sexual contact with a 16-year-old male student in February and March of 2013. She is also alleged to have urged the student to engage in deviate sexual activity, according to charging information filed by 10th Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen.
The alleged activity was discovered by the student’s parents who became concerned about their son’s safety after reading text messages between Reilly and their son, according to a State Police summary of the investigation.
The student reportedly told State Police he and his agri teacher had kissed and engaged in touching. He said she “got mad” at him when he declined one of her sexual advances.
One witness reportedly told State Police they saw Reilly and the student kissing at her house during spring break and another witness told State Police she found on Facebook some inappropriate messages between Reilly and the student.
When confronted by Crossett School District Superintendent Tommy Tyler and Crossett High School Principal Alicia Brown, Reilly denied the allegations, according to the State Police case summary.
Reilly, who has since left the Crossett area, is charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault and one count of solicitation of first-degree sexual assault. Each charge is a Class B felony punishable by a prison sentence of not less than five years or more than 20 years and fine not exceeding $15,000.