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Wife of guilty teacher speaks out: 'People need to pay attention'

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Elizabeth Bayer says life changed on April 1, 2016. That was the date her husband and longtime Clark County teacher Frank Bayer was arrested and charged with having sex a student.

The relationship began, Elizabeth told us, with the exchanging of messages and photos online. Frank Bayer later admitted to having sex with the female student on multiple occasions.

The 45-year-old was sentenced to a possible decade behind bars, his wife the subject of online hate and property damage.

“I trusted my husband when he was on the computer and being evasive I trusted him that there was a good reason,” Bayer told us over the phone. “But it’s a sign that something else is going on.”

Elizabeth Bayer is speaking publicly for the first time on the same night as the Clark County School District unveils a new social media policy aimed at curbing the growing problem of teachers having inappropriate relationships with students.

Bayer says the intention is good but she wonders if it will have any lasting effect.

Instead, when asked what she thinks needs to be done she says simply, “people need to pay more attention to what is happening at school and at home.”

Frank Bayer is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 7.

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