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Teacher takes the stand

Nicole Howell testifies Thursday Nicole Howell testifies Thursday

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COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - The former Dayton High School teacher accused of having sex with a student told her side of the story Thursday.

Nicole Howell is on trial in Kenton County after a high school football player accused her of having sex with him.

On Thursday, Howell testifed that she did nothing wrong, stressing that her only regret was not being more strict with her students.

She told the jury she and the accuser were "confidants," but not friends. She admitted she sent the student text messages and the two did call each other, but stressed their relationshiop was only platonic, and there was nothing sexual about it.

She says student was the one who sent sexually suggestive messages to her, adding her only regret was not telling him to stop.

"If he was to say, 'yeah, I'd like to do this,' I'd say, 'ha that's funny.' Or, 'yeah, right.' Or, 'you wish.' Or maybe, 'in you your wildest dreams' or 'maybe when you hit college. Ha ha.' It was always a joke. It wasn't a clear 'no,' though," she said.

Howell says two months into their relationship, their communication took an alarming tone when she says the student texted her at at 2:47 a.m. one November morning, asking to come into her apartment.

"I looked at phone and noticed I was getting calls and texts messages from (the accuser)," she said. "They said 'let me in,' 'where are you?' 'I'm at your house.' Sexually explicit things," Howell said.

Howell says she tried calling the student back, asking for an explaination, but it's one she says never came.

Howell and other witnesses have testified they tried to get copies of the texts from Howell's phone company, but the phone company had already purged them from their records.

She will continue her testimony Friday morning.


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