Nicole Aymond, 45, is alleged to have had sex with three of her students Police handout

A married PE teacher from Louisiana has been arrested for allegedly having sex with three of her pupils. Prosecutors claim that Nicole Aymond, a basketball coach at Port Barre High School, in Port Barre, around 20 miles north of Lafayette, also sent nude photos and raunchy texts to two of the boys she stands accused of having sex with.

The 45-year-old was arrested on Wednesday 9 November after one of the three alleged victims' mothers called police. Police say that she has already admitted having full sex with two boys aged 18 and 17.

She is also accused of sexual misconduct with a third boy. Police are believed to have spoken to the students involved and found lewd pictures on their phones before arresting Aymond.

Police Chief Deon Boudreaux told KFLY News that investigators found "lewd and nude images" of Aymond that she allegedly sent to students. Aymond is still listed as the head coach of the girls' basketball team on the school's website, and it is unclear if the school has sacked her.

According to The Sun, Boudreaux said: "She admitted 'Yes, that was me, I had done this.' She told them she had sexual relationships with two of the young men and a third young man [was] not a sexual relationship. She did kiss on him and things like that."

Aymond is now charged with three counts of prohibited sexual conduct between educators and students. Her bond is set at $7,500 (£5,951) and she is set to appear in court next week. The age of consent in Louisiana is 17 but teachers are forbidden to have sex or relationships with pupils aged under 21 if they teach in the same school.

The St. Landry Parish Superintendent, Patrick D. Jenkins, released a statement following her arrest: "The St. Landry Parish School System is aware of, and investigating, the recent allegations involving an employee from Port Barre High School.

"We want to assure the school community that we take reports of this nature very seriously and will do everything in our power to protect the health, safety and welfare of all students."