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story.lead_photo.caption Chrystal Estelle Vega, 40 ( 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 with the Dardanelle School District, entered the plea 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 also was 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 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, court documents show. She denied having sexual contact with the teen.

Vega was taken to the Pope County jail, where she was later released. Vega's contract with the district was terminated Oct. 17, according to Dardanelle Superintendent John Thompson.

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

State Desk on 03/12/2019

Print Headline: Arkansas teacher sentenced for sex with teen


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Archived Comments

  • tngilmer
    March 12, 2019 at 4:51 a.m.

    Sexism. Pure and simple. If this teacher was a man and the teenager was a female, he would be doing hard time.

  • hah406
    March 12, 2019 at 9:25 a.m.

    I was going to say, if this had been a male teacher and a female student, it would have been 10 years at Tucker, if not more.

  • ObieOne
    March 12, 2019 at 10:24 a.m.

    Sooo, you can be Any Politician having sex with 12 and 13 yr old girls, or a Movie Star or Professional Athletic and rape 12 yr old girls, or be a Washington DC Politician and Murder a Child after you Rape them, All Acceptable and not illegal in the end, BUT you can’t be a normal horny teenage boy and choose to have sex with a 40 yr old Cougar without it be a sin greater than anything Osama Bin Laden ever conceived. SMH

    March 12, 2019 at 10:28 a.m.

    Hell! This is a dream come true for any 16 year old male.

  • odinson
    March 12, 2019 at 10:42 a.m.

    Worthless writers abound on the commentary pages of this paper. It's a plea deal dum-dums. Optimum word is deal... Deal made between prosecutor and the family. Kid doesn't want to testify and be made a bigger joke like people on these pages have already done to him. And the real punishment is registration. That's for life. Even murderers and career assaulters don't get that. Career is done. Good jobs gone. And checking in with county, city and probation every six months... I love how so many idjits comment here about stuff they know nothing about. Oh, she'll pay in ways you'll never know.

  • MaxCady
    March 12, 2019 at 12:18 p.m.

    She could probably get a job at Orchids of Asia Day Spa.

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    March 12, 2019 at 12:48 p.m.

    democrat chomo
    you better believe she is a
    democrat chomo.
    they all are.

  • punk47
    March 12, 2019 at 2:17 p.m.

    She should have not done it but the 16 y/o is just as bad as her too

  • MaxCady
    March 12, 2019 at 2:33 p.m.

    When I was 16 I drew the line at about 23-24 y/o.

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    March 12, 2019 at 3:25 p.m.

    im sorry you BELIEVE/FEEL that way.
    its not the CORRECT way, neither in LAW or societal NORM
    thats why you can crow about NWA chomos or chomo this chomo that.
    women are never prosecuted because you have a inherent bias?
    thats not how this works...
    18 is the legal age of majority.
    16 is the legal age of consent IN CASES OF 2 YEAR GAP otherwise its still rape.
    Dont come around here talking about you know law,
    and you dont even understand morality and ethic.
    dont come around here taking about rape stats,
    when you dont believe in keeping count.
    seriously tho its stated in the BOOK. harming children gets you thrown in the fire.
    harming children gets you thrown in the fire.
    so keep on cutting up the statistics
    keep on cutting it down to the line
    of acceptability
    of accountability
    keep on cutting.