By PAUL THOMPSON
A choir teacher has been arrested after being accused of having sex with two of her students. Amanda Rowles is alleged to have had the affairs with the 17-year-old students while working as a choir and drama teacher at the Colorado Springs High School.
Police began investigating the 27-year-old after receiving a tip off that Rowles was sexually involved with a student. Investigators spoke to students at Calhan High School who said there were aware of rumours about the affairs.
The interviews led them to a pair of 17-year-olds who claimed they had sex with Rowles. One of the students allegedly told investigators he had sex with her 'on at least 40 occasions' over a six-month time span starting in December, 2011.
'He said they would either go on hikes or go to her mother’s residence when her mother was not home,' according to an arrest affidavit said. Another student allegedly told deputies he pursued a relationship with Rowles, in the spring of 2011 after they kissed in a classroom after school.
'He kissed her on the lips and she kissed him back, but she did eventually push him away and told him it was wrong for them to do that,' the affidavit said. Deputies allege the teacher eventually gave in to a sexual relationship with the second boy, also 17 at the time.
When Rowles ended the relationship in May, the teen told police: 'That hurt'. Rowles was booked into custody at the Aurora City Jail on suspicion of two counts of sexual assault by one in a position of trust.
She was released from jail after raising $50,000 bail.