California Special Education Teacher Arrested For Allegedly Having Sex With A Student

Tara Dodrill

Vista, CA - Special education teacher Kelly McKenzy Watson was arrested and charged with unlawful sexual intercourse a with student attending a school for boys with behavioral and emotional issues. Watson, 34, allegedly engaged in a sexual relationship with a male 17-year-old student attending the New Haven Youth and Family Services facility, a residential school which specializes in aiding boys with emotional problems, NBC 7 reports.

Kelly McKenzy Watson taught at the California residential facility for boys with behavioral and emotional problems from September 2010 to August 2011. The special education teacher then transferred to an educational position at Oceanside High School. Law enforcement officers believe the alleged sexual relationship between the teacher and student began after she left the New Haven facility for troubled young males, the New York Daily News notes.

"They met when he was a student of hers, and they later forged a relationship which was inappropriate and illegal," San Diego Sex Crimes Unit Lt. Anastasia Smith stated during an interview with the NC Times.

California sex crimes detectives began investigating the alleged sexual relationship between the special education teacher and the student after receiving a tip about inappropriate sexual conduct at New Haven. Kelly Watson is still employed as a teacher at Oceanside High School, but was placed on paid administrative leave after the arrest for allegedly having sex with a student. Kelly McKenzy Watson was held as Las Colinas Women's Detention Facility in Santee, California until she posted the $45,000 bond imposed by the court. The special education teacher will make her first trial appearance on the allegations of having sex with a minor student charges on August 20.

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