14/08/2014 12:56 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Teaching Assistant Had Sex With Special Needs Pupil She Called Her 'Soul Mate'

Teaching assistant had sex with special needs pupil she called her 'soul mate'

A teaching assistant has been charged with sexual assault after admitting a physical relationship with a special needs student she described as her 'soul mate'.

Laura Bates, 44, said she had sex with the 17-year-old boy several times since the beginning of November.

The relationship was discovered after Bates told a relative that she could not live without the teenager.

According to police, the relationship had been developing for more than a year and turned physical early last month.

Bates, of Hilbert, Wisconsin, has appeared in court charged with four felony counts of sexual assault of a student by school staff.

The married mother-of-three was arrested on Monday after the relationship came to light, and resigned from her job at Appleton West High School, Wisconsin.