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An Oklahoma woman who’d just started a job as a teacher’s aide has been accused of raping one of her students.
Ashley Waffle, 22, is charged with two counts of second-degree rape, according to court documents filed on Tuesday and obtained by ABC Lawton, Oklahoma affiliate KSWO-TV. Waffle is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student on multiple occasions during her short time as a temporary teacher's aide with the Granite Public School district.
The Granite Police Department opened an investigation into Waffle on Nov. 9 after the school district reported rumors that had begun circulating about Waffle and the minor, KSWO-TV reported. According to court records, Waffle allegedly had sexual intercourse with the alleged victim on two occasions at Waffle’s apartment.
Court records reviewed by Oxygen.com list Waffle’s residence as being in Granite — about 140 miles west of Oklahoma City.
The District 3 Drug Task Force is leading the investigation, though Greer County Undersheriff Steven McMahan said bringing in the task force wasn’t unusual.
“They don’t just handle drug cases, they handle [other] offenses,” McMahan told Oxygen.com. “Sometimes smaller departments will call them in to assist in an investigation because they have more resources available for investigative purposes."
Waffle reportedly started working with the school district on Oct. 10 — just 15 days before she allegedly first started corresponding with the student via Snapchat, according to KSWO-TV.
Granite Public School Superintendent Missy Berry released a brief statement, confirming Waffle worked with them at the time of the alleged incidents, according to the Lawton outlet.
“Granite Public Schools has been working with law enforcement on this matter and will continue to provide any assistance possible,” Berry stated.
The district terminated Waffle’s employment on Nov. 10, just one day after authorities opened their investigation.
Waffle was booked into the Greer County jail and faces up to 15 years behind bars if convicted. According to court records, her bail was set at $100,000 on Monday.
Undersheriff McMahan confirmed with Oxygen.com that Waffle made bail and is no longer in custody.
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