HOUSTON – A Memorial Middle School teacher accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old student appeared in probable cause court overnight, where a judge forbade her from contacting the teen or coming within 200 feet of his home.
Kathryn Camille Murray, 28, was arrested and charged with sexual assault of a child on Thursday.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Murray, an eighth-grade language arts teacher, assaulted the boy at his home on February 11, 2012, while his parents were away.
The victim’s 12-year-old brother told investigators that after his parents left that night, his brother asked if it was OK for Ms. Murray to come over.
The 12-year-old said around 11:50 p.m., he pushed open the door to his brother’s room and saw a tan bra and a used condom on the floor.
The boy said he saw his brother in bed under the covers, and noticed the outline of a second person in there with him.
He said his brother told the other person to say hi to him, and when she responded with "Hola," he recognized the voice as that of Ms. Murray from Memorial Middle School.
Around 12:30 a.m., the 12-year-old said Murray left his house, saying "Adios" to him on the way out.
On February 20, the victim told his mother that he’d had sex with the teacher at their house. Later that day, the victim was interviewed by police.
Investigators said the victim told them that he was in love with Ms. Murray. He said the night she came over, he got her a can of beer, but she didn’t drink it. He said after the assault, she told him that what they’d done was bad.
Police also interviewed another teacher at Memorial Middle School, who said she’d seen the victim in Murray’s classroom after school as late as 5:30 p.m. She also said the victim told her on February 9 that he was in love with Ms. Murray, and that they had kissed in her classroom.
Once school officials were notified about the allegations, they fired Murray.
She was arrested late in the afternoon of February 23.
In probable cause court that night, the judge strictly forbade Murray from any contact with the victim.
"Do not stalk that person. Do not commit any act inferred as a stalking. Do not communicate directly with that person in a threatening manner or harassing manner, from inside the jail or outside the jail. No threats, no harassment—not in person, not by telephone, not by letter, not by text message, not by email – any direct means at all," the judge said.
Meanwhile, students and parents at Memorial Middle were still trying to deal with Murray’s arrest and the shocking allegations against her.
"I’m just glad that it was reported and that they handled it so quickly and swiftly," said Marnie Vandeburg, a parent. "I feel sorry for the child that it happened to and the family."
"First of all, it was my daughter’s teacher," said Vicky Rocher, another parent. "And I wasn’t happy with the performance and we’ve had complaints about her teaching quality, and we just expect higher here at Memorial Middle."
Murray was being held in the Harris County Jail Friday on $250,000 bond.