Katherine Ruth Harper, 27 years old, teaches English at the 7th grade level in Tidwell Middle School. Harper appeared to be an ideal member of the community on the surface with her being a well-liked teacher and cheerleader coach.
The truth came out when it was discovered that she had a sexual relationship with one of her students during the summer of 2016. She had relations with a 15-year old male, for which she was sent to jail. This act of indecency a second degree felony. Over the course of their relationship, she even got the poor kid drunk!
The two became involved initially via an exchange of text messages, which should be a cautionary tale to parents everywhere to monitor their child’s cell phone usage at all ages.
This week, details about the illicit relationship emerged including how Harper and the teenager initially became involved over flirtatious text messages. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported the two had sex numerous times either at the teen’s Trophy Club home or at her Fort Worth residence from June 1, 2016 to July 31, 2016. They also exchanged naked selfies of each other by cell phone. The boy saved these images which police later retrieved when they seized his phone. Cell phone records showed the pair communicated roughly 76 times while involved intimately, according to the arrest warrant. The teenager eventually told a Child Protective Services investigator during one of their rendezvous, he and Harper drank alcohol and took off their clothes, the boy said he performed a sex act on his teacher. When a Tidwell school official questioned the teen, he cried and admitted to having the relationship.
In September 2016, Northwest ISD learned about Harper’s salacious behavior but they could not investigate thoroughly because they had few details. The Star-Telegram indicated Harper was pregnant. The district got another tip in December saying a pregnant middle school teacher was involved with a student. From this, the Trophy Club Police Department initiated a three-month investigation that resulted in Harper’s March 21 arrest.