8-month pregnant Texas teacher arrested for having sex multiple times with 15-year-old student
Katherine Harper pleaded guilty to one count of having an improper relationship with a student and one count of sexual assault
A 28-year-old former teacher from Texas has been sentenced to six years in prison for having sexual relationship with one of her student.
Katherine Harper admitted to the relationship during the summer of 2016 with the 15-year-old schoolboy.
At the time of her arrest last year in March, she was eight months pregnant. Harper pleaded guilty to one count of having an improper relationship with a student and one count of sexual assault, said Jamie Beck, Denton County first assistant criminal district attorney.
She was sentenced on Thursday in Denton County to six years in prison with 10 years' probation and community service, reported CBS News.
After serving her sentence, the teacher from Dallas would be required to register as a sex offender for life, according to an official with the Denton County District Attorney's Office.
Harper was the cheerleading coach at John M Tidwell Middle School while also serving as a teacher for seventh-grade students. Numerous nude photos of her with the boy were found on her cell phone by authorities.
An anonymous tip accusing Harper was sent to law enforcement through the school district's website, after which police launched a full-fledged investigation into the case.
The boy in question cried when school officials confronted him about the affair.
Before the duo began exchanging sexual messages during the summer holidays, the boy was a student of Harper. Harper and the student exchanged nude pictures via cell phone, the affidavit stated. The teen saved the photos to his phone. The student told a Child Protective Services investigator that Harper came to his Trophy Club home at one point and that the two drank alcohol and took off their clothes.
According to an affidavit, the student said he then performed a sex act on Harper. After that, Harper and the student had sex several times at both of their homes in June and July 2016, authorities said.
Throughout the summer, the duo communicated over 76 times between June 1 and July 31 and had sexual intercourse multiple times.
When the boy was attending Tidwell Middle School, he learned tennis under the teacher who was also his coach. While being interrogated by the authorities, the boy said: "One thing led to another and she told me to ‘put it in’ and I did.”
However, due to lack of proper evidence, investigations conducted by the school were dropped in September 2016. The institution suspended her from her profile but was notified of her sexual relationship in December that year.
A slew of sexual relationships between students and their teachers have emerged off late, Harper became the latest teacher in the US to be accused of the same.
Last week, law enforcement authorities arrested a former 'Teacher of the Year' for allegedly groping a student and having sex with two others.
48-year-old Spencer Herron was booked on three counts of sexual assault for his reported actions while teaching at Kell High School in Marietta, Georgia. Herron allegedly texted a female student repeatedly to meet with him on the school grounds during the same school year he was honored, telling her that it was for a club meeting, according to the arrest warrant that was issued.
Law enforcement authorities were informed that at the teacher's request, the female student had unprotected sex with him multiple times, reported Channel 2 Action News.