HOUSTON A new court date was set Thursday in the case of a former Memorial Middle School teacher accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old student.
Kathryn Camille Murray, 28, is charged with sexual assault of a child. In court Thursday, a judge reset her next hearing in the case for May 9.
Investigators say Murray, who was an eighth-grade language arts teacher, assaulted the victim at his parents home back in February, while the parents were out.
Stephen St. Martin, a spokesperson for the victim s family, described the situation as tough and emotional, and asked that the media respect the family s privacy.
St. Martin said the victim and his younger brother, who was home when the assault allegedly occurred, have both been through a traumatic experience.
It is a sad case when you have a person who s in a position of trust, and you re sending your child to school and you re thinking that the teacher is looking out for your child, St. Martin said. Even though it s a female teacher with a male student, it s still a predator taking advantage of a child. A young boy like that is not emotionally developed to handle it.
According to court documents, Murray arrived at the victim s home on the evening of February 11, 2012. The victim s 12-year-old brother told investigators that around 11:50 p.m., he pushed open the door to his brother s room and saw a tan bra and a used condom on the floor.
The boy said he saw his brother in bed under the covers, and noticed the outline of a second person in there with him.
He said his brother told the other person to say hi to him, and when she responded with Hola, he recognized the voice as that of Ms. Murray from Memorial Middle School.
Around 12:30 a.m., the 12-year-old said Murray left his house, saying Adios to him on the way out.
On February 20, the victim told his mother that he d had sex with the teacher at their house. Later that day, the victim was interviewed by police.
Investigators said the victim told them that he was in love with Ms. Murray. He said the night she came over, he got her a can of beer, but she didn t drink it. He said after the assault, she told him that what they d done was bad.
Police also interviewed another teacher at Memorial Middle School, who said she d seen the victim in Murray s classroom after school as late as 5:30 p.m. She also said the victim told her on February 9 that he was in love with Ms. Murray, and that they had kissed in her classroom.
OnceSpring Branch ISD officialswere notified about the allegations, they fired Murray.
She was arrested late in the afternoon of February 23.
In probable cause court that night, the judge strictly forbade Murray, who is married but recently separated from her husband, from any contact with the victim.
Murray was released on $50,000 bond the following day.
Assistant District Attorney Denise Oncken on Thursday said the former teacher had to surrender her passport and has been wearing an ankle-monitoring device since she got out of jail.