Karla Jean Winterfeld, 33, was arrested Monday and charged with felony first-degree sexual conduct Wednesday for allegedly molesting the teenager on numerous occasions over a two week period earlier this month.
Cops told ABC10/13 that their evidence includes ‘recordings of the sexual acts’ taken from both Winterfeld and her alleged victim’s phone.
Winterfeld, who has worked at Lincoln Park Middle School in Duluth, Mn., since 2012 is alleged to have confessed to the crime, according to the Duluth News Tribune.
Among the accolades she picked up during her glittering career are the 2016 Greg Irons Teacher Award, a Goldfine Gold Star Teacher Award, as well as a place on the News Tribune’s 2016 20 Under 40 list.
Assistant St. Louis County Attorney Jon Holets told Duluth’s State District Court Wednesday:
‘We have a violation of the public trust. ‘It’s a violation of the trust placed in her by the school district and by the public as a whole.’
The teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave from her $73,000-a-year job, with district officials calling the allegations against her ‘shocking and disappointing.’
Winterfeld’s bail was set at $100,000 after Holets warned her confession and the evidence against her meant she was a potential flight risk.
“Since she has own up to her action and confessed on the crime, She is definitely going to serve as a potential flight risk and so she should be restricted from flying”
He added that she faces significant prison time, and proposed a prison sentence of around 12 years. Winterfeld’s defense attorney J.D. Schmid cited her previously clean record and ties to the community during a failed bid to have her bailed.
She will next appear before the court on June 12.