Ex-Memorial Middle School teacher accused of having sex with 15-year-old student faces three new charges

Kathryn Murray, 29, is now facing two additional counts of sexual abuse and one count of improper relationship with a student.
July 5, 2012 10:23:45 AM PDT
Kathryn Camille Murray first made headlines months ago when she was charged with having sex with one of her middle school students.

Now she's back in the news as prosecutors say that's not the only crime she committed. Murray is now charged with two additional counts of sexual abuse and one count of improper relationship with a student.

Murray, 29, is out of jail on bond. She is still required to wear a GPS device, still restricted by a restraining order from going near the 15-year-old boy, but the case against her just got a whole lost worse.

When Murray made her last court appearance in March, she had to answer to only one charge of sex abuse of a child. Next time, it will be for two more, as well as a charge of having an improper relationship with a 15-year-old student. Once evidence of a sex crime surfaced earlier this year, Spring Branch ISD Police Chief Chuck Brawner says they kept digging.

"And we will not stop until we get to the end of it," Brawner said.

Already charged with having sex with the boy at his home, Murray is now accused of having two more rendezvous inside her classroom at Memorial Middle School. Surveillance video, say police, put the two together at the school back in February.

Friday night of that same week, the boy had his father drop him off at the school for the 8th grade dance, but instead, Murray picked him up and took him to a nearby hotel where, records say, they were also caught on camera coming and going.

The first charge already cost Murray her job.

She is still listed as living in the same home in northwest Houston with her husband, but no one answered when we stopped by.

Murray, a product of Spring Branch ISD schools herself, had been with the district for three years but left it in shame.

"The trust of the parents with the care of their children and the education of their children and to break that trust is unacceptable," Brawner said.

Chief Brawner says the student and his family are struggling to repair the damage done. Their attorney told us he is pleased with these new charges saying, "She stole his innocence from him."

As for Murray's attorney, his office left us a message asking to call back on Thursday.

Murray's due in court here next week.

Spring Branch ISD released a statement Tuesday which read in part, "The safety of every SBISD student will always be our very highest priority. The alleged conduct of Murray is shocking and outrageous, and will never be tolerated in our school district. This alleged conduct is a reprehensible violation of the trust that our children and our community place in our educators every day. We will continue to work with authorities to see that justice is done in this case, and we remain deeply concerned about the well being of the student involved."

The district says if you have any additional information about this matter, you are urged to contact the SBISD Police Department at 713-984-9805.


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