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Ex-Teacher Pleads Not Guilty in Sex Case

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PARKERSBURG, Iowa (AP) A former math teacher in north-central Iowa has pleaded not guilty to allegations that she had sexual contact with four teenage students.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that 24-year-old Ashley Anderson, of Ackley, could face trial as soon as Jan. 15. Anderson has been charged with four felony counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee. Each carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

Anderson has resigned from her job as a math teacher at Aplington-Parkersburg High School.

A criminal complaint in Butler County says Anderson sent nude photographs of herself to the students and had sexual contact with them, including intercourse with one. The boys ranged in age from 16 to 18.

Court records say the alleged incidents occurred during the 2011-12 school year.