PARKERSBURG, Iowa --- The former Aplington-Parkersburg teacher accused of engaging in sex acts with several students could stand trial as soon as Jan. 15.
According to court records, Ashley Anderson, 24, of Ackley, entered a plea of not guilty Nov. 16. She also waived her right to a speedy trial.
Authorities in October charged Anderson with four counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee, a felony.
According to the Iowa Department of Public Safety, Anderson admitted engaging in sexual misconduct with four male students who were 16 to 18 years old. She also allegedly sent nude photos of herself in text messages to the students.
The alleged incidents happened during the 2011-12 school year.
Authorities released Anderson after she posted a $5,000 bond.
The Aplington-Parkersburg School District employed Anderson for two years starting in 2010. She taught high school math, algebra, geometry and pre-calculus but resigned this fall. She had also served as faculty adviser for Students Against Drunk Driving and the prom committee and was the school's assistant coach for girls track.
Sexual exploitation by a school employee is punishable by up to five years in prison.