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Teacher's aide arrested for alleged sex with 15-year-old West Jordan students

Published October 27, 2009 8:02 pm

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A former school aide at West Jordan Middle School was arrested Tuesday morning for allegedly having sexual intercourse last school year and over the summer with two 15-year-old students in her class.

Andrea L. Billingsley, 31, was arrested at her home on suspicion of forcible sexual abuse, forcible sodomy and dealing pornography to minors, West Jordan police officer Dan Roberts said.

Roberts said Billingsley met both boys when she was overseeing an in-school suspension program for kids with behavioral problems.

West Jordan School District spokesman Steven Dunham said Billingsley worked at the middle school 17 hours a week between August 2008 and May 2009.

Billingsley was hired as support staff and passed a criminal background check prior to being hired, Dunham said.

The alleged sexual encounters occurred several times, on and off campus, between May and July 2009 while Billingsley was a part-time, temporary employee at the school and continued after her employment ended, Roberts said. She was not asked to return to the school this year because money for her position was unavailable, Roberts said.

The alleged abuse came to light in recent weeks when the two boys talked to other students about what happened. School administrators were then told and they contacted police, Roberts said.

Roberts said he wasn't sure if the two boys knew each other. He also didn't know if Billingsley met the students for alleged sexual encounters off campus after school or during school hours.