Former teacher’s aide faces more charges

Laura Bates
Laura Bates

APPLETON – More charges have been filed against a former teacher’s aide at Appleton West High School who allegedly had a sexual relationship with a student.

Laura Bates already was charged in Calumet County, and Friday prosecutors in Outagamie County charged her with two counts of sexual assault by a staff member. An initial appearance is scheduled for March 18.

Officials allege 44-year-old Bates had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old boy, who is a special education student. Bates was a paraprofessional in his classroom.

She has a March 11 preliminary hearing on the four counts in Calumet County.

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