Former Houston-area teacher found with boy she's accused of assaulting

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by ANDREW HORANSKY

KHOU

Posted on January 27, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 29 at 3:43 PM

HOUSTON — Kathryn Murray, 29, is at an age for adult relationships. But it is one she allegedly keeps having with a minor that is getting her into trouble.

Last year she was charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy. She allegedly had sex with him in his home, in her classroom, and at a hotel.

On Saturday, she went before a judge on a charge of harboring the same boy as a runaway. Police said they found him Friday night with Murray at her father’s home.

The boy tried to exit out the back door.

The boy, now 16, was Murray’s eighth grade student at Memorial Middle School.

Last year, the child's mother spoke to KHOU about the relationship between her son and his former teacher.

"People like this should not be walking the streets, should not be close to our children," the mother said at the time.

She had hoped all contact would end.

"We are not good, we are very hurt. My son is really confused, hurt. We working with him very closely but he’s not good, not good at all," she said at the time.

Though Kathryn Murray was fired, Spring Branch ISD released a statement Saturday:

"We feel that Ms. Murray’s behavior is despicable, and encourage the district attorney to prosecute Ms. Murray to the fullest extent of the law."

Murray's bond has not been revoked, since harboring a runaway is still a misdemeanor.

A judge set it at $100,000 and ordered Murray to surrender her passport. At one point, she and the boy allegedly planned to flee to Mexico.

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