Who is Alley Bardfield, 32-year-old Decatur Teacher Arrested for ‘Inappropriate Relationship’ with Her 6th Grade Student

A Decatur Public Schools teacher, Alley Bardfield, 32, has been arrested for allegedly s*xually assaulting an 11-year-old student in the 6th grade.

Alley E. Bardfield with Decatur Public Schools (DPS) was arrested by the Mt Zion Police Department on April 3rd 2024.

Officials had been notified by a parent who suspected her 11-year-old son was having an inappropriate relationship with his teacher.

Initial investigations found probably cause leading to Bardfield’s arrest.

Mt Zion Police arrests Teacher Alley Bardfield

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The Mt Zion Police Department released the following statement: “On April 3rd Officers from the Mt. Zion Police Department and Macon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Alley E. Bardfield, a 32-year-old female from Mt. Zion.

“On April 2nd a Decatur resident spoke to Mt. Zion Police and reported a possible inappropriate relationship between her 11-year-old son and 32-year-old Alley E. Bardfield.

The victim is a 6th grade student with DPS District 61.

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Alley E. Bardfield was a long term substitute teacher assigned to his 6th grade class.

The victim’s mother reported noticing her son acting differently after a visit to Bardfield’s house.

As a result, she checked her son’s phone and social media. In a follow up discussion with her son, he disclosed having had a s*xual encounter with Bardfield while a guest at her Mt. Zion residence on March 29, 2024.

On April 3rd Officers with the Mt. Zion Police Department and Deputies from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office conducted a joint investigation which included a thorough review of text messages, social media, and a search warrant executed at the suspect’s residence.

As a result of this investigation, corroborating evidence was discovered and probable cause was established to arrest Alley E. Bardfield for Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child Under 13 years of Age and Grooming.

The Macon County States Attorneys Office will review the facts of this case for formal charging decisions.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is encouraged to call the Mt. Zion Police Department at 217-864-4012.

These allegations are shocking, especially when the alleged perpetrator is a person in a position of trust.

The Mt. Zion Police Department is fully committed working with victims and their families as they deal with the trauma that results from these incidents,”

According to a sworn statement from a Mt. Zion officer, the child’s mother said that Bardfield had sent the child over $700 through CashApp over the prior months.

During a mirandized interview with Bardfield, she admitted to having s*xual penetration with the victim on one occasion.

She also stated that she paid him via CashApp and exchanged n*de photographs on Snapchat.

Bardfield is no longer employed with DPS, the District has confirmed.

“Student safety is always our top priority. We are working with Mt. Zion Police and providing support to students and staff,” DPS said.

Mt. Zion Police Chief Adam Skundberg said, “It’s a really shocking thing when this happens … You’ve got to give the mother some credit for noticing some things and then following up on it.”

“Parents have instincts, and there’s nothing wrong with following up on those,” Chief Skundberg added.

Bardfield appeared in court Thursday afternoon and was denied pretrial release.

She will remain in Macon County Jail with her next court date set for April 17th.

Related – Agua Dulce teacher arrested

The arrest of Alley Bardfield comes following a similar recent arrest.

Jaden Renee Charles, a former teacher with Agua Dulce High School in Texas was accused of having s*x with 12 kids.

Charles, 25, is accused of having s*x with at least 12 underage boys.

She was charged with two counts of grooming and two counts of aggravated s*xual assault of a child and was turned in by her own mother.

The grooming charges were brought by the Alice Police Department, while the s*xual assault charges stemmed from a vaping investigation by the Agua Dulce City Marshal’s Office.

So far, four victims have come forward, but police believe they could be up to 12 victims.

“At this point in time in our investigation, we have four students that have come forward, and we have obtained the warrants,” Agua Dulce City Marshal Joe Martinez said. “We still have probably seven more to interview.”

“I think we’re going to add up several more charges,” he added.

The crimes reportedly occurred before she was hired as a science teacher by the Agua Dulce Independent School District. She has since resigned her position.

According to investigators, Jaden Renee Charles would buy her victims vapes and alcohol and then have s*x with them while they were intoxicated.

After her arrest and being slapped with charges, Charles, a mother of four, told Agua Dulce City Marshal Joe Martinez that she is pregnant.

She remains in the Jim Wells County jail on $100,000 bonds for each charge.


Decatur is the largest city in and the county seat of Macon County, Illinois, United States.

The city was founded in 1829 and is situated along the Sangamon River and Lake Decatur in Central Illinois. As of the 2020 census, it had a population of 70,522.

It is the seventeenth-most populous city in Illinois.

Decatur has an economy based on industrial and agricultural commodity processing and production. The city is home to Millikin University and Richland Community College.

The city is named after War of 1812 naval hero Stephen Decatur.[7][8] The Potawatomi Trail of Death passed through the city in 1838. Post No. 1 of the Grand Army of the Republic was founded by Civil War veterans in Decatur on April 6, 1866.

Decatur was the first home in Illinois of Abraham Lincoln, who settled just west of Decatur with his family in 1830.

At the age of 21, Lincoln gave his first political speech in Decatur about the importance of Sangamon River navigation, which caught the attention of Illinois political leaders.

As a lawyer on the 8th Judicial Circuit, Lincoln made frequent stops in Decatur, and argued five cases in the log courthouse that stood on the corner of Main & Main Streets.

The 2020 census reported there were 70,522 people and 31,073 households living in the city.

Out of the 31,073 households, 21.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.9% were married couples living together, 36.1% had a female householder with no partner, and 20.6% had a male householder with no partner. The average family size was 3.00 persons.

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