GUILTY: Kentucky Teachers Assistant Admits to Having Sex With Students

Tierin-Rose Mandelburg | January 17, 2024

These type of articles are becoming all too common.

Ellen Phillips, previously Ellen Shell, from Danville Kentucky just pled guilty to having multiple sexual relationships with “numerous teenage boys” during her time as a teachers assistant in 2022, the Eastern Kentucky U.S. Attorney's Office reported

Phillips had inappropriate relationships with boys ages 14 to 16 from the Boyle and Garrard County areas. “Phillips would communicate with the victims via Snapchat, Facebook, or text messaging and, in many instances, would meet the victims for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity,” the DOJ press release indicated.

Phillips admitted that she was engaging in sexual activity with “multiple minors at the same time.” This is all while she was a teaching aid at Woodlawn Elementary School, Daily Mail reported.


One specific incident happened last December when Phillips tried to get a 15-year-old boy to have sex with her. She messaged him on Facebook and encouraged him to sneak out of his house, even trying to bribe him with alcohol and oral sex.

Related: Louisiana Teacher Arrested For ‘Sexting’ 15-Year-Old Student

A mother spoke to FOX 56 when Phillips was initially arrested, and said that she and Phillips went to high school together and that their kids grew up together. The mother also said, “These boys are not aware of the laws that protect them and would not come forward because they thought they would be in trouble.” The mother noted that her son “said she brought them alcohol 3 to 4 times" and said "I can’t wrap my mind around the extent of what she’s done."

Phillips was arrested back in April of 2023 after two boys came forward alleging that she raped them three separate times when they were just 16-years-old. Phillis is scheduled to be sentenced on April 26 and faces a minimum of ten years after being charged with three counts of third-degree rape. 

I don’t know what the character exam is like to be a teacher's aid but I think it needs to be a heck of a lot more strict.

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