Former teacher’s aide pleads not guilty to sex with teen

Laura Bates
Laura Bates

APPLETON – A former teacher’s aide at West High School pleaded not guilty Monday to having sex with a student.

Laura Bates, 44, is charged in Outagamie County with two counts of sexual assault by a school staff member for allegedly having an ongoing relationship with a 17-year-old student.

Trial is scheduled for Oct. 22.

She also faces four similar counts in Calumet County for incidents with the same student at her home. A July 8 status conference is set on that case.

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