Ex-Spring Branch ISD teacher sentenced to year in jail for sex with 15-year-old student

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by Michelle Homer / KHOU.com

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Posted on January 21, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 21 at 5:34 PM

HOUSTON -- A judge sentenced a former Spring Branch ISD teacher to one year in jail and one year probation Tuesday for having sex with a 15-year-old student.

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Murray’s bond was revoked and she was placed back in jail after they were caught together.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

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