A Fisher Catholic High School choir teacher has been placed on paid leave while Lancaster police investigate a report that she sent nude photos of herself to a student’s cellphone, an act commonly known as “sexting.”
Principal Sean Kenney, who reported the allegation to police on Sunday, confirmed yesterday that he had placed the teacher on leave, according to a story in the Columbus Dispatch.
According to a police report, the 17-year-old student identified the 26-year-old teacher, who has been at the high school for five years.
The student said he sent a couple of photos of his genitals to the woman at her request, after she sent nude photos of herself to his cellphone, the Dispatch reported. She sent more nude photos of herself after he sent his photos to her, the report said.
“The next day, (the student) states he stopped the texting with Kathleen because it was freaking him out,” the report states. “He deleted all the pictures that were sent between the two. … Later on, while discussing it with a friend (the student) became concerned that people might find out about the incident and wanted another picture of Kathleen as evidence. He texted her for another picture, and she sent one of her naked.”
The student also told authorities that the teacher, who is married, rubbed his leg with her foot when the two of them were alone in class, the Dispatch reported. The teen said he became uncomfortable and left the classroom.
Police took the boy’s cellphone and plan to examine it for relevant evidence, the newspaper reported. Police have the email of the most-recent photo that the teacher sent to the student.
The principal reported the allegation to police after a parent approached him at a football game on Saturday and told him about it, the Dispatch reported.
The teacher has not been charged, and the investigation is continuing, police told the Dispatch.
To read the Dispatch story, which includes the name of the teacher, click HERE.