Illinois Teacher Amanda Ludwig Faces 10 Years to Life for Alleged Student Sexting
Amanda Ludwig, a 28-year-old ninth grade art teacher at Manual Academy in Peoria, Illinois, appeared in federal court on Monday after her arrest at a high school basketball game on Friday.
Galesburg.com reports that Ludwig wasn’t the boy’s teacher but was helping him with school work. The pair exchanged text messages for several weeks before the content of the texts allegedly turned sexual in nature.
Ludwig has been charged with a single federal count of enticement of a minor. Police say she sent sexually explicit text messages which were aimed at “enticing a student to engage in sexual activity.” The complaint against Ludwig alleges she did have sex with the boy in a classroom in Manual Academy sometime between January 28 and January 31 of this year. The boy then allegedly bragged about the encounter to a friend and showed him an explicit video. That boy in turn notified school officials.
The charges against Ludwig were filed in federal court because the alleged crime involved the use of the Internet and interstate commerce. She faces a minimum of 10 years in federal prison and a maximum of life behind bars (although the latter is highly unlikely) for enticing the teen into sex via electronic messaging.
Ludwig is the latest in a string of female teachers accused of having sex with students. Last week, 27-year-old Elyse Cromwell, a teacher at Early College High School in Newark, New Jersey, was arrested on suspicion of having sex with a 14-year-old boy.
DaNita Wilson, 32, of Folkston, Georgia was arrested last Tuesday and charged with having sex with seven current or former Charlton County High School students, the youngest of them 15 years old.
Clarice Lee, a 22-year-old teacher’s aide in Tucson, Arizona was arrested last week and charged with having group sex with three Amphitheater High School students while other boys watched and filmed the orgy.
Also week, Tonya Flink, 39, a former teacher at Haltom High School in Haltom, Texas was arrested over allegations she had sex with four students.
Earlier this month, 40-year-old Stephanie Raleen Forbes, also from Texas was charged with having sex with a student from League City High School in League City, Texas.
Kristina Ngum, 43, was arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina and charged with having sex with a male student.
And in Columbia, South Carolina, 34-year-old Kinsley Wentzky was arrested and charged with sexual battery of a 17-year-old male student.