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story.lead_photo.caption Chrystal Estelle Vega, 40 - Photo by Pope County sheriff's office

An Arkansas teacher who was fired after being accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to a charge of first-degree sexual assault.

Chrystal Estelle Vega, 40, formerly an educator in the Dardanelle School District, entered the plea on Feb. 26, online court records show.

According to a sentencing order filed Tuesday, Vega was given six years of probation and ordered to register as a sex offender. She was barred from contacting the victim, who attended school in her district, police said. Vega was also prohibited from attending any Dardanelle High School activities before June 15, 2020.

Charging documents filed in Pope County Circuit Court show that a 16-year-old told the Russellville Police Department on Sept. 11 that he and Vega had sex and that she performed a sexual act on him at a city park on Sept. 6.

The teen texted Vega while with police, and she texted back “about never getting to see her kids again,” according to the documents. Surveillance video showed the teacher’s black Camaro at the park during the time the 16-year-old reported, authorities said.

Police spoke with Vega, who said she had a texting relationship with the student that had “crossed the line” and that she had met him at the park, the court documents show. She denied having sexual contact with the teen.

The 40-year-old was taken to the Pope County jail, where she was later released. Vega’s contract with the district was terminated on Oct. 17, according to Dardanelle Superintendent John Thompson.

Vega was an eighth-grade business and vocational teacher, though she previously taught eighth-grade English, Thompson said.


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  • RobertBolt
    March 6, 2019 at 4:16 p.m.

    Here is where certain fools like the anonymous troll Packman again predictably spew about how lucky the juvenile boy was to be abused by their female teacher.

  • MaxCady
    March 6, 2019 at 4:39 p.m.

    I believe there's a male teacher in Alabama right now under $1M (that's million) dollar bond for having a sexual relationship with a student.

  • RobertBolt
    March 6, 2019 at 4:56 p.m.

    There is a real sex-based disparity in the way our society responds to these abuse cases, maxcady.

  • MaxCady
    March 6, 2019 at 5:28 p.m.

    More like a chasm, Bobby.

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    March 6, 2019 at 8:16 p.m.

    Probably some rich republican's daughter.
    Camaro huh?
    teaching is paying good.

  • pauljohnson
    March 6, 2019 at 8:39 p.m.

    She should spend a long time in prison for rape of a child. Anyone who excuses her behavior for any reason could be a pervert too.

  • NoUserName
    March 6, 2019 at 9:23 p.m.

    Age of consent in Arkansas is 16. Like it or not, the STATE, in general, excuses this behavior. The issue here, it would appear, is not that they had sexual relations. It is that she was in a position of power over the boy by being a teacher at his school. If not HIS teacher. THAT is the crime. That might also explain the chasm between this case and the one in Alabama.

  • RobertBolt
    March 6, 2019 at 11:12 p.m.

    It's not as simple as that, nousername. The difference in ages is also a factor.

  • LR1955
    March 6, 2019 at 11:25 p.m.

    Ow got it bad, got it bad, got it bad,
    I'm hot for teacher
    I got it bad, so bad,
    I'm hot for teacher
    -Van Halen-Songwriters: Alex Van Halen / Edward Van Halen / David Roth

  • NoUserName
    March 7, 2019 at 6:36 a.m.

    No, Bolt. It isn't. And if you think it is, please cite the law.