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Chico >> A former Fair View High School yard duty has been charged in a case where she allegedly had sex with a student and gave birth to their baby, prosecutors said.

Jessica Jolene Hays, 40, of Chico was charged Monday in Butte County Superior Court with felony counts of unlawful sex with a minor, furnishing a controlled substance to a minor and furnishing marijuana to a minor older than 14, according to court documents.theathswhhswh

Hays appeared in court for her initial arraignment hearing Monday afternoon but did not enter a plea. She is scheduled back in court Wednesday for further arraignment.

Jodea Foster, a defense attorney appointed by the court to represent Hays, declined comment Tuesday.

The former yard duty was arrested by Chico police on Thursday following an investigation that started about a week after she gave birth to a baby girl in July, Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said. Arrest logs listed Hays’ occupation as “campus supervisor.”

Ramsey said Hays allegedly began a relationship last November with a 16-year-old male student at Fair View High School, which is located at 290 East Ave. in Chico. Ramsey added that the teenager began living with Hays and Hays’ three children after she took him in.

The relationship allegedly turned sexual and involved drug use, Ramsey said. The district attorney said Hays allegedly supplied methamphetamine and marijuana to the teen and also partook in consuming the drugs.

The relationship culminated with the birth of a girl in July, Ramsey said. Prosecutors believe the student, who is now 17, is the infant’s father. A paternal test is pending.

Ramsey declined to say how investigators learned of the alleged sexual relationship between Hays and the student, but an inquiry began in early August, about a week after the child was born.

Hays is currently unemployed, according to court documents. It was unclear when she stopped working at the high school. It appears Hays was a part-time employee during the 2015-16 and 2014-15 school years, according to salary records kept by this newspaper. She earned $6,815 last year and $3,902 the previous year.

Andrew Moll, principal at Fair View High School, referred questions to the Chico Unified School District superintendent’s office.

Superintendent Kelly Staley said school officials will cooperate fully with the Chico Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office.

“We will take all appropriate action at the end of their investigation,” Staley said.

The superintendent declined to comment further, citing legal requirements regarding personnel issues.

Hays remained in custody at Butte County Jail in Oroville.


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