Ashlee Cheatham, 19, of Oklahoma was arrested on Aug. 22 after her boyfriend reported her to Stillwater police for allegedly filming herself sexually abusing his 3-year-old daughter.
According to a news release from the department, she is now facing criminal charges.
The man reported to police that he had discovered “disturbing images and videos” of his daughter on Cheatham’s cellphone while she was asleep.
He appeared profoundly uneasy when describing the situation.
Body camera footage shows officers arresting Cheatham at her residence, which she shared with her boyfriend, later in the day.
According to KOKH-TV, Cheatham is facing charges for the possession of child pornography, sexual abuse of a child, sexual exploitation of a minor, unauthorized access to a computer system and illegal possession of a controlled substance.
‼️CHARGED: The 19-year-old girlfriend accused of sexually assaulting and filming a 3-year-old little girl has been formally charged.
— KOCOKilee (@KOCOKileeThomas) August 31, 2023
KOCO-TV reported that Cheatham has admitted to the crimes, yet entered a plea of not guilty on August 30th. She is currently being held in the Payne County Jail with a bond of $75,000 and is represented by a court-appointed lawyer.
KOKH’s report stated that Cheatham had listed a local elementary school as her place of employment on Facebook.
“Ashlee Cheatham was in the process of being hired by the district for the current school year (2023-24),” Superintendent David Reid said of the connection.
“All employees are required to do a federal background check as a part of the hiring process. Before that process was completed, a mutual decision to terminate the hiring process was made.
“Ms. Cheatham never worked for the district, never received a paycheck, and has never been with any of our students.”
The next court hearing in Cheatham’s case is scheduled for next Monday.