Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Teacher Cathleen Balman had sex with teen boy

Cathleen Balman, 40-year-old former language arts teacher at Clearwater Middle School, Clearwater,Kansas has pleaded guilty to engaging in a year-long indecent relationship with a 15-year-old boy.

Balman was charged in November 2011 with having an sexual affair with one of her students for more than a year.
The married mother-of-two, was alleged to have had the long-running relationship after meeting the student, who was alomst 3 times younger, in one of her English classes.

Investigators say the case began in September after detectives reviewed text and photo messages that had been exchanged between Balman and the student. As the investigation progressed, according to prosecutors, it reportedly became apparent that Cathleen  Balman had become engaged in a sexual relationship with the student that spanned several months.

Finally last week Cathleen Balman pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of indecent liberties with a child. Her trial on three counts of indecent liberties with a child was scheduled to start Wednesday. Two of the charges were dismissed as part of the plea bargain.

Balman will be sentenced April 19.

Balman, who taught language arts to eighth-graders for three years prior to her arrest, had joined the school district in 2008 after teaching second-graders for one year at Argonia Elementary School.

Cathleen Balman Guilty of Sex with Boy

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