Saturday, May 25, 2013

Kathleen Cawthorne Sentenced for Sex with Student


Kathleen Cawthorne, 33-year-old former teacher at William Campbell High School, Rustburg, Virginia, accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student, was sentenced to a total of 11 years for one count of indecent liberties with a child and three counts of electronic solicitation of a minor but Campbell County Circuit Court Judge John T. Cook suspended the time to be served to four months.


Cawthorne will also be on supervised probation for three years and must register as a sex offender. Cawthorne’s probation officer had testified that Cawthorne was bipolar with facets of hypersexuality which is probably the reason her sentence went from 11 years to four months.

In February Cawthorne pleaded no contest to one count of taking indecent liberties with a minor and three counts of electronic solicitation of a minor.

She was arrested in April 2012 on charges are based on incidents deputies believe took place between March 7 and March 13 when Cawthorne was a teacher at William Campbell Combined School. The student asked Cawthorne for her phone number, and the two began texting each other. The texts were of a sexual nature. On March 13, 2012, the two met at a store in Campbell County and rode around together in the student’s car, and the two had sexual intercourse. Kathleen Cawthorne also sent photos of herself showing the “upper part of her body” to the student.

Another teacher was shown the photos on another student’s phone and went to the principal. When the principal confronted Cawthorne, she admitted that the photos were of her and that she had allowed the student to touch her in private areas, but denied having sexual intercourse with the student. Kathleen Cawthorne, married mother of three, was released from her position with the school in March after the allegations surfaced.

The indecent liberties statute incorporates sexual touching or exposure.

Source:
Former High School Teacher's 11 Year Sentence Suspended to Just 4 Months

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