Middle School Teacher Charged with Statutory Sexual Assault
Kimberly Race, 42, was arraigned on Thursday, September 19th on a felony count of statutory sexual assault and a misdemeanor count of corruption of minors. She was released on an unsecured $50,000 bond and is due back in court on October 7th before before District Judge Ronald Manescu.
Prosecutors say that Lehigh County Detective Andrew Millen received a report on June 27th concerning inappropriate contact between Race, a middle school teacher in the Catasauqua School District, and one of her former students between July and August of 2018. CBS Philly is reporting that Race was he boy's foster parent at the time, but no other outlet is stating such.
She has been suspended with pay from her teaching position while they conduct an internal investigation.
“Pending the potential release and review of evidence, that could possibly change to an unpaid suspension and/or other disciplinary action up to and including dismissal,” Catasauqua Area schools Superintendent Robert Spengler said in an email. “Please know that the corresponding internal investigation found no evidence of activity in the schools of the Catasauqua Area School District or the involvement of any other students.”
Detective Millen contacted the boy and conducted an interview. He also reviewed video footage which had been sent to the boy by Race. According to court documents, Race sent the boy videos which showed “herself involved in some sexually explicit behavior.”
Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin confirmed that based on the investigation, none of the abuse happened while the boy was Race's student.
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