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Contributing charge names former Edmond substitute teacher

Heather Lytle, 40, former Edmond substitute teacher. [PHOTO PROVIDED]

Heather Lytle, 40, former Edmond substitute teacher. [PHOTO PROVIDED]

EDMOND — A former Edmond substitute teacher pleaded not guilty on Monday to two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor child.

Heather Diane Lytle, 40, of Edmond, is charged with the misdemeanor counts of providing marijuana at her home to two 16-year-old Santa Fe High School students.

The investigation started April 4 after text messages between Lytle and a freshman student surfaced. Lytle told the student she was high and asked sexually-related questions, according to an Edmond police report.

The student told Edmond police he thought Lytle wanted to have sex with him, but she never said so specifically, the report stated.

"He did say that at some point in the past, she asked him about kissing him," a police report states. "He told her that it would be like kissing his mom."

Lytle has not worked for the school district since April 4, the same day police were contacted by Edmond Santa Fe officials. She was employed as a cafeteria worker with Edmond Public Schools from February 2006 to September 2007, and as an elementary teaching assistant from August 2012 until May 2015 when she resigned, said Susan Parks-Schlepp, Edmond Public Schools spokeswoman.

Lytle was rehired in 2016 as a substitute teacher and worked a total of 14.5 days, Schlepp said.

"Every background check conducted on Heather Lytle, including the most recent in January of 2016, revealed no issues," Parks-Schlepp said. "She will not be rehired in any capacity."

A drug dog hit on Lytle's vehicle in April. A search did not turn up any marijuana, but there was an aroma and residue, said Jenny Wagnon, police department spokeswoman.

Lytle is scheduled to appear on the Sept. 29 disposition docket.

Diana Baldwin

Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote the original stories about the... Read more ›