Kathryn Houghtaling who has been sacked and charged for allegedly sleeping with the boys – aged 16 and 17 – who attend Rochester High School in Michigan, had only been employed as a special education and science teacher at the school since August.
The 26-year-old married female teacher who faces 90 years in prison, had sex with one of the students in an apartment – while another was in a car as other pupils watched, according to Detroit News.
The incident reportedly occurred between November 1 and December 31 after school hours. It was learnt that a letter from the school sent to parents on Tuesday did not give exact details of the sordid allegations, however it informed them of alleged “inappropriate conduct of a Rochester High School teacher with students after hours”.
“The safety and welfare of our students and staff is always our primary concern,” Superintendent Robert Shaner said in a statement Thursday. “We are thankful for our partnership with the Rochester Police Department, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, and our security consultants who help us in our efforts to keep our children safe.
“Rochester Community Schools is committed to providing a safe, positive, and supportive learning environment for every student,” Shaner said. “District personnel are required to meet the highest standards of personal integrity, professionalism, and performance. Employees whose conduct or performance falls short of expectations will be subject to disciplinary action, or in this case, termination.”
The suspect who has been charged with six counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, faces up to 15 years in prison per charge if convicted – each of which she denies. She has been detained on a $200,000 cash bond.