A Kentucky paraprofessional has been placed on administrative leave after being arrested for incidents of a sexual nature between herself and students. Police in Danville say that they received reports dating back to last year about an employee in their local school district having sex with underage boys.
According to LEX18, Ellen Shell, 38, is accused of having “sexual intercourse on three occasions with two 16-year-old boys,” according to a criminal complaint filed in the case. The complaint states the alleged incidents happened between July 6 and August 15 of last year.
Shell was arraigned in Garrard County District Court on Thursday.
Shell reportedly works as a teacher’s aide at Woodlawn Elementary School in Danville. Before that, she worked at Lancaster Elementary School in Garrard County.
Boyle County Schools superintendent sent out a letter stating that law enforcement informed the district of a legal matter alleging unlawful behavior of a Woodlawn Elementary classified employee. The letter did not name the employee, of course, but said that the employee was placed on administrative leave.
Shell has been charged with third degree rape in the case. In Kentucky, a person is charged with third degree rape, a class D felony, if they are 21 years of age or older and their victim is less than 16-years-old or there is a ten year, or more, age gap between the two.
If convicted Shell could face up to five years in prison.