Ex-teacher’s interview with police released after pleading no contest to sex charge

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RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – For the first time, we’re getting a glimpse at police interviews with Chrystal Vega, 40, the former Dardanelle teacher who pleaded no contest last month after being arrested for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old student.

The teen told investigators he and Vega met up at a park in Russellville last September and had sex in her car, according to court documents.

Surveillance footage that we obtained as part of the case file shows what police say is Vega’s car driving toward the park on Sept. 11, 2018.

Vega denied she and the boy ever had sex but admitted in the police interviews that their texting relationship might have crossed the line.

“I need a lawyer I guess,” Vega can be heard saying on camera while sitting with a Russellville detective on Sept. 12, 2018 as her car was forensically examined.

Photos obtained from the case file show what appeared to be various stains inside her black sports car, but nothing substantial was found in the car, according to a crime lab report.

On Sept. 13, the teen gave police a pair of underwear that he said he wore the day the two had sex in her car at the park, according to court documents.

A forensic lab report confirmed that Vega’s DNA was found on the underwear, according to court documents.

“Everybody will not want to be near me,” Vega can be heard saying on camera while sitting with the Russellville detective.

Several times during the nearly hour-long video, Vega gets emotional and lies her head down on a nearby desk, visibly in tears.

In February, Vega pleaded no contest to a charge of First Degree Sexual Assault, court records show. She was sentenced to six years of probation and required to register as a sex offender.

Vega was fired from her job as a teacher at Dardanelle Middle School back in October, shortly after her arrest.

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