A Pennsylvania high school teacher was caught by police having an “intimate encounter” with one of her students inside of a parked car – she now face sex crime charges, according to Huffington Post.
At approximately 8 p.m. on July 1, police received a call from a West Chester resident about a suspicious car in front of their house, complaining that a woman was “allegedly straddling the male” inside of a 2010 black Hyundai Elantra.
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Upon their arrival, they discovered a 31-year-old woman, Katie Cross, – who confirmed she was a language arts teacher at Collegium Charter School – and her male student having an “intimate encounter,” reports Daily Local News.
The 17-year-old victim – whose name has not been released to the public – confessed to local police that although Cross was his English teacher, the pair had been involved in a sexual relationship since February of this year. He also said that she would pick him up after school and take him to a secluded area where the two could perform sexual acts.
The high school teacher was immediately arrested for having sex with her student, but was released on “$150,000 unsecured bond.”
The school has since suspended Cross following the sex crime charges.
Neighbor Karen Griffin said the teacher was a fool to believe that it was safe to have sex with her student in the front seat of car in a “tight-knit community.”
“When we see cars parked out here, we know whose they are,” she said. “Everybody in this neighborhood knows everybody else.”
After the student-sex scandal, the school released a statement, which stated as follows.
“The West Chester Police Department and the Chester County District Attorney’s office notified Collegium Charter School that one of our teachers was arrested concerning her alleged conduct with a student.
“The teacher, Kate Cross, was a Language Arts teacher at the Collegium High School. She has been suspended until further notice.
“Collegium is fully cooperating with the West Chester Police Department and the Chester County District Attorney’s office. The school takes the safety and well-being of our children extremely seriously.”
“As the police continue their investigation, we are not permitted to provide additional information.”
“After an extensive search, we are pleased to announce that Dr. Antoinette Rath will be the new CEO of our school. We are confident that her extensive leadership and experience in education and enthusiasm for student learning will further this school’s great legacy,” said Viktor Ohnjec who is the President of the Board of Trustees at Collegium Charter School.
According to reports, the teacher now face a slew of sex crime charges, including “institutional sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children.”
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