Stephanie Bradshaw, 29-year-old teacher from Sheridan, Arkansas, has pleaded not guilty to sex charges against her.
Bradshaw remains on paid administrative leave from the middle school, which started in December. The teacher and cheer coach is charged with a Class A felony count of sexual assault for having sex with one of her former students for several years.
According to an affidavit, the teen boy and his former teacher began a sexual relationship his 9th grade year, in August 2011, the year after she taught him in middle school. The teen stated he texted the teacher first, began flirting with her and requesting she pick him up from his home. He said a few weeks passed until she agreed to pick him up. He said he went to her home “3 or 4 times” for sexual intercourse with her and eventually said it needed to stop because he had a girlfriend.
The girlfriend allegedly found facebook messages between Bradshaw and her boyfriend. The boy admitted having sexual relationship with adult woman and his girlfriend broke up with him. After break up with his girlfriend the teen boy began contacting Bradshaw again, and told investigators they exchanged sexually explicit photographic text messages and had sexual intercourse again. When they heard rumors at school of their relationship, they decided to end it.
When Bradshaw was questioned about the incident on Dec. 13, 2013 she denied any inappropriate behavior. Bradshaw did admit to having the teen’s phone number, along with other students’ numbers, in her phone but said she did not respond to the one text she remembered receiving from him. Phone records from Bradshaw and the juvenile’s phones told different story, showing that between July 1, 2012 and December 12, 2012, there were 18 calls made from his phone to hers; three calls made from her phone to his; and there were approximately 1,316 text messages exchanged between the two. Five multimedia text messages were shown to be sent from each of their phones to the other, but the content of those pictures could not be recovered.
Bradshaw is on administrative leave with the school district; her next court date is scheduled for May 29. At the time of the charge, she was issued a $5,000 bond and ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim.