Ex-Spring Branch ISD teacher's sentence revised to 2 years in jail for sex with student


by KHOU.com staff


Posted on January 31, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 31 at 5:40 PM

HOUSTON – A former Spring Branch ISD teacher who was sentenced to one year in jail and one year probation for having sex with a 15-year-old student will now be in jail longer.

Kathryn Camille Murray was sentenced on Jan. 21, but shortly thereafter the Harris County District Attorney’s office determined that the sentence did not fit the sentencing guidelines.

At a rescheduled court hearing Friday, the sentence was revised to two years in jail, with no probation. Murray still has to register as a sex offender.

She had repeated sexual encounters with an eighth-grade boy at Memorial Middle School, where she taught. She was supposed to be tutoring the student.

Murray pleaded guilty last month to one count of improper relations with a student and one count of sexual assault of a child. Two other counts against her were dropped.

Investigators said Murray, 31, had sex with the boy at his home while his parents were away. She also had sex with him at a hotel on the night of a school dance and in her classroom at least twice.

The former eighth grade teacher, who attended both Memorial Middle and Memorial High School growing up, taught at Memorial Middle for three years as a Language Arts teacher. She was removed from the classroom and fired in 2012 after the investigation began.

After the allegations surfaced and Murray lost her job, she defied a judge’s orders and continued to have contact with the boy.

In January 2013, Murray was charged with harboring a runaway when police found the boy with her at her father’s home. They caught the boy, who was 16 at the time, trying to leave out the back door.

Murray’s bond was revoked and she was placed back in jail after they were caught together. 

The teen said that he was in love with Murray, but his mother said her son was a victim.

”We are not good, we are very hurt. My son is really confused, hurt. We working with him very closely but he’s not good, not good at all,” she said.