Ashley Dowden is a teacher in Baton Rouge, Louisiana who has been arrested and charged for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old male student. A few days later she was charged for alleged sex with another student, an 18-year-old male.
The 41-year-old Ashley Dowden (mugshot photo above) is a teacher at Riverdale Christian Academy, a private school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her full name is Ashley Elizabeth Dowden.
According to Fox 8in New Orleans, quoting from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office probable cause affidavit, the 16-year-old alleged victim’s parents notified them that they had “discovered inappropriate text messages on their child’s cell phone.” The report goes on to note that they determined that the phone number was that of a teacher. The alleged victim is not a student at Riverdale Christian Academy.
In asking their son about the text messages, the report notes that he admitted to them that “he was involved in an inappropriate relationship with the accused.”
When questioned by deputies investigating the allegations the boy admitted having had sexual intercourse with the teacher. Additionally deputies found nude photos and sexually explicit text messages allegedly of Dowden on the boy’s cell phone.
When Dowden was questioned the report notes that at first she denied the allegations but that later when confronted with the texts and photos that police had recovered she admitted to having had sex with the alleged victim and also admitted having exchanged the texts and nude pictures with him.
Police arrested Ashley Dowden and she was booked into into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and was charged with computer aided solicitation of a juvenile, indecent behavior with juveniles, and carnal knowledge of juveniles. She was released the same day after she posted a $15,000 bond.
Fox 8 received confirmation from the principal of Riverdale Christian Academy that Dowden was placed on administrative leave when theEast Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office notified the school of the investigation and that she was about to be arrested. She had been employed at the school for two years.
A few days later, as NOLA reports, she was accused of having a sexual relationship with another student. The second alleged victim is 18 years old and is a student at her school, Riverdale Christian Academy. It is alleged that she and the teen had sexual encounters during lunch breaks.
She was issued a summons and charged with a misdemeanor for the new allegations — prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and student — because the alleged victim, at 18, is not a minor.
As for additional details on Ashley Dowden’s bio and professional background, Fox 8 confirms from East Baton Rouge Parish School system officials that prior to her employment at Riverdale Christian Academy she was a teacher at Scotlandville High School until 2006. NOLA reports that she has been married for ten years and is the mother of one child, a daughter.
The story is developing. Check back for more updates.