CHILTON, WI (WHBL) - A former teacher's aide in Appleton is free on a signature bond, after being accused of sexually assaulting a student. 44-year-old Laura Bates, of Hilbert, made her first appearance in Calumet County Circuit Court Tuesday on four felony charges of sexual assault by a school staffer. Authorities said Bates had a relationship with a 17-year-old boy, and it turned sexual last month at her home. She told authorities she loved the youngster. Bates was a teacher's aide at Appleton West High School for three years until Monday, when she quit after police questioned her. She did not have an attorney in court yesterday, and her initial appearance was adjourned until December 30th.
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