Bond denied for ex-Memorial Middle School teacher accused of having sex with underage student

February 13, 2013 2:22:46 AM PST
A former Spring Branch teacher accused of having sex with one of her students wants out of jail.

You may remember this case. Kathryn Camille Murray is accused of having sexual relations with a middle school student she was teaching at Memorial Middle School. Back in February 2012, Murray, then 29, was eventually charged with three counts of sexual abuse and one count of improper relationship with a student. She was fired from her job of three years after the charges.

Murray was out on bond when she was allegedly caught again with the same student.

As Murray walked into court Tuesday, the mother of the teenage boy she is accused of having sexual relations with knew exactly what she wanted.

"Our lives are completely different right now, and we're strong, but we're here for justice," mom Jenny Pallais said. "That's what we're here for right now."

Pallais says her family has been devastated since the revelation a year ago that her then-15-year-old son allegedly had a sexual relationship with Murray.

Murray was out of jail on bond, though required to wear a GPS device, and was still restricted by a restraining order from going near the teen. The latest twist came two weeks ago when police arrested Murray at her father's Memorial-area home for allegedly harboring the teenager, who is now 16.

"You have a person who has abused your child. They're on conditions of bond. You think your child is safe. They make contact with your child again," said Stephen St. Martin, the family's attorney. "That's your worst nightmare."

Murray's attorneys told a different story. A family therapist was called to the stand, testifying that Murray suffered from depression and other mental health problems and should be committed to a mental health facility.

But the judge sided with prosecutors Tuesday, ruling the former teacher should remain behind bars, much to the relief of the student's family.

"I'm just pleased with the judge's decision right now," Pallais said. "She is where she needs to be. My son is safe right now."

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