Katherine Ruth Harper may not want a former student at her Texas middle school to write an essay on what he did over summer vacation. Per an arrest warrant affidavit, the 27-year-old seventh-grade English teacher is accused of having sex with the 15-year-old both at her own home and at his, the Star-Telegram reports. The sexual encounters allegedly happened on multiple occasions between June 1 and July 31 last year, with nearly 80 cellphone communications between them during that period, the affidavit notes. Harper is also said to be eight months pregnant, per FOX 4, though the affidavit doesn't say if the boy, whom she used to teach and coach at tennis, is the father. District officials were first tipped off to an inappropriate relationship involving Harper in September, but the probe dissolved, in part because the tip didn't include a student's name.
The investigation was reopened in December when further info came to light. When the teen was confronted and grilled by a school official, he reportedly started to cry and revealed the nature of their relationship. "One thing led to another and she told me to 'put it in' and I did,' he said, per the warrant, which also notes the two drank alcohol together and that the teen performed oral sex on Harper. She has been on administrative leave since December and was arrested on March 21. She was released on $15,000 bond and faces a second-degree felony charge of an improper relationship between an educator and student. The Chronicle notes this is the latest in a string of teacher-student sex scandals in Texas. (This Texas case involved the student blackmailing the teacher.)