Is this becoming an epidemic of some sort? Another teacher has been busted for sleeping with one of her students. And, this one is pregnant!
Katherine Ruth Harper is a 7th grade English teacher. Police say she had an abundance of sex with a 15-year-old make student over summer vacation.
The 27-year-old teacher and cheerleading coach used to be a teacher at John M. Tidwell Middle School. She’s currently on administrative leave from the Dallas suburbs school, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Dallas’ local FOX affiliate KDFW reports that Katherine Harper is currently eight months pregnant.
Investigators say Harper and the student began their sexual relationship last summer, during June and July. They had numerous sexual trysts, which happened at the teacher’s Fort Worth home, and the teen’s Trophy Club home.
Romance initially budded when the 15-year-old student and the 27-year-old teacher began a frisky texting correspondence.
Harper knew the unidentified 15-year-old student during his time at Tidwell Middle School. In addition to teaching seventh-grade English there, Harper was a cheerleading coach and a tennis coach at the school, according to the Star-Telegram.
The 15-year-old student had played on the tennis team at Tidwell, KDFW reports.
Sparks flew when Harper paid a summer vacation visit to the student at his home, the police affidavit says.
The teen and Harper started by drinking alcohol. Next, they removed their clothes. Then, Harper allegedly performed an unspecified sex act on the teen.
More meetings followed.
“One thing led to another and she told me to ‘put it in’ and I did,” the 15-year-old student told investigators, according to KDFW.
The pair used their mobile phones to communicate — some 76 times — and to exchange a slew of nude images during the fling.
Police say the 15-year-old male student kept the trove of naked selfies he received from Harper.
The arrest warrant does not connect the 15-year-old student as the father of Harper’s baby.
A pregnancy currently eight months in the making means that the pregnancy would have begun sometime around late July.
School officials had investigated Harper back in September based on a tip but that investigation fizzled. The investigation was reopened in December based on a second tip. This second investigation proved more fruitful.
The police affidavit indicates that a school official asked the student if he and Harper had sex. He allegedly broke down crying and admitted the affair.
Police arrested Harper last week.
She faces a second-degree felony charge called improper relationship between an educator and student.
After her arrest, Harper posted a $15,000 bond and was released from jail.