A former Texas English teacher who had sex with a student while pregnant has been sentenced to 10 years of probation and six years of prison. This is according to an official within the Denton County District Attorney’s Office.
Katherine Ruth Harper, 28, allegedly had sex with a 15-year-old male student multiple times. It happened at her home in Fort Worth as well as his home in Trophy Club, per the arrest warrant affidavit.
Harper has pleaded guilty to a count of sexual assault of a child. Additionally, she pleaded guilty to one count of having an improper relationship with a student. This is according to Denton County first assistant criminal district attorney, Jamie Beck.
Harper is set to first serve her prison sentence and follow that up with probation. She will be a registered sex offender for her entire life after finishing probation, Beck stated.
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Harper was a seventh-grade English teacher at Tidwell Middle School in Roanoke and the teen was one of her students, the affidavit stated. The two began texting and eventually Harper went to the teen’s home in Trophy Club.
Harper and the student exchanged nude pictures via cellphone, the affidavit stated. The teen saved the photos to his phone.
The teen told an investigator that he and Harper began drinking alcohol and both took off their clothes. At that time, the teen performed a sex act on Harper, the affidavit said.
After that, the two had sex several times either at his home or hers during June and July of 2016.
School district officials initially received a tip in September 2016 about a possible relationship between Harper and the student, but that investigation was closed due to a lack of information, the affidavit stated.
School officials restarted the investigation in December 2016 when they received an anonymous tip on the district’s website with much more information.