Former Rochester High Teacher Arraigned on Sex Crime Charges
The ex-teacher accused of engaging in sexual activity with two underage boys from Rochester High School appeared in court for an arraignment on Friday, January 11.
26-year-old Kathryn Houghtaling has been charged with six counts of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree. Authorities say that she had sexual relations with a 16-year-old and 17-year-old boy outside of school hours in a vehicle and an apartment.
Houghtaling was in her first year as a special education teacher at Rochester High. One of the alleged victims was a student in her class.
She pleaded not guilty and received a $200,000 cash bond. If she posts bond, she must wear a tether and submit to drug and alcohol testing. She also will be forbidden from leaving her home unless it’s for a court date, going to her lawyer’s office, or for a medical appointment. She has also been ordered not to contact any witnesses or alleged victims involved with this case and has been banned from visiting any public schools.
Houghtaling is currently being held at Oakland County Jail.
Legal Recourse for Victims of Teacher Sexual Abuse
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com represents survivors of sexual violence, helping them find justice and support through civil lawsuits. We’ve asked him to add some insight about the legal options available to survivors of sexual abuse by teachers and other school employees:
As parents, we all deserve the security of knowing our kids are in good hands during the school day. While this is usually the case, a small number of teachers, coaches, and other school employees are sexual predators who exploit their positions of authority and trust in order to abuse students. These individuals must be punished for their crimes, the victims must get the support they need, and the school must also be held accountable if their negligence played a role in allowing the abuse to happen.
In some cases of teacher sexual abuse, the abuse could have been prevented if it weren’t for school negligence. For example, a school might be considered negligent for failing to run a background check before hiring a new employee or failing to report suspected child abuse to law enforcement. When negligence is involved, the victims and their families may have the right to file a lawsuit.
If you or your child is a survivor of teacher sexual abuse, we understand the troubling times your family faces. If you’d like to learn more about how you can find justice through taking legal action, consider contacting one of our experienced sex abuse survivors attorneys for a free consultation.
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Location of Rochester High School in Rochester Hills, MI