Katherine Ruth Harper sentenced: A former Texas middle school teacher and cheerleading coach at an exclusive school area is to serve six years jail after pleading guilty to having sex with a teen juvenile boy.
A married middle school English teacher and cheerleading coach who sexually molested a 15 year old teen who may have become pregnant with his child is set to serve six years jail after previously pleading guilty to having sex with the teen minor.
The sentencing follows Katherine Ruth Harper, 28, being arrested March, 2017 and charged with having an improper relationship with the victim in the exclusive wealthy suburbs of Trophy Club, Texas, a suburb northwest of Dallas.
Following her arrest, Katherine Harper pleaded guilty to one court of sexual assault and one count of having an improper relationship with a student, the Denton County District Attorney’s Office said.
After her prison sentence, Harper will be placed on 10 years’ probation. The former Roanoke area based teacher will also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life.
Harper, a seventh-grade teacher at John M Tidwell Middle School, traded several risque photos with the boy by cell phone, according to the Star-Telegram.
The affidavit says police launched an investigation into the alleged inappropriate relationship after receiving an anonymous tip through the school district website naming Harper and the student, whose identity is being withheld because he is a juvenile.
When a school official confronted the boy with questions about the relationship, an affidavit cited the boy crying and admitted to being sexually preyed upon by the teacher.
The boy was formerly a middle school student of Harper’s.
Katherine Ruth Harper exchanged 76 texts with her teen victim:
The teacher and student began trading racy text messages before meeting at the boy’s home for sex over the summer break, the affidavit claims.
In an interview with a state child protective services investigator, the boy said that Harper came over to his Trophy Club house and the two drank alcohol together before taking their clothes off.
‘One thing led to another and she told me to ‘put it in and I did,’ the boy told investigators, according to Fox4.
The boy said he and Harper had sex multiple times after that in June and July of 2016 both at his house and the teacher’s Fort Worth home.
Police seized the boy’s cell phone and found records indicating the two communicated 76 times over that time period noted The Dallas News.
At the time of her arrest last year, Harper was pregnant. It remained unclear from the affidavit whether the boy was the father of the child.
‘She’s about eight months pregnant, so if we go back in time it’s around when that event took place, but she is married, we believe, still. So we’re not sure what that leads to,’ Trophy Club Police Chief Patrick Arata told Fox4 at the time of the woman’s arrest, March 30, 2017.
Yet to be necessarily understood is what led to the teacher abusing her position of authority, trust and power and sexually preying on her teen male victim, an unrelenting trend among many female teachers in the US.