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Special Ed teacher who married into law enforcement family avoids prison after having sex with two students

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An Alabama special educator in her early 20s reportedly had sex with two of her impaired students, causing great shame for her now-ex husband and his law enforcement family.

23-year-old Lyndsey Sherrod Bates, a former special ed teacher at Madison County’s Madison High School, was arrested in April for engaging in a sex act with a student younger than 19, as well as several misdemeanors related to the incidents.

Earlier this month, Bates pleaded guilty to sexting and having sexual contact with two students who were both at least 16 years old. By taking the plea deal set out for her, she avoided a decade in prison and will be placed on three years of probation.

Due to the age of consent being 16 in Alabama, Bates avoided more serious charges.

“She’s going to be a sex offender and felon,” said Madison County Assistant District Attorney Tim Douthit. “But we’re not sending people to jail for consensual sex without any evidence of coercion.”

Bates was arrested shortly after resigning. Her now ex-husband, Andrew Bates, is a law enforcement officer and is the son of Stacy Bates, is the chief deputy at Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the Daily Mail, the couple were married in 2018, and Officer Bates separated from his wife shortly after his arrest. They had only been married a year.

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