Fired teacher arraigned in sex case
Woman, 26, faces six counts of criminal sexual conduct
Rochester Hills — A Rochester High School teacher fired this week for alleged inappropriate activity with two students was charged Friday with six counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Kathryn Houghtaling, 26, of Sterling Heights was arraigned before Rochester Hills 52-3 District Judge Lisa Asadoorian. Houghtaling was a special education teacher for one of the alleged victims.
The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said Friday afternoon that a parent of a student came across a video of a teacher “partying” with students involving alcohol and marijuana and reported it to authorities. When confronted, the teacher admitted having sex with two students, 16 and 17 years old, the sheriff’s office said.
Houghtaling’s attorney, Zachary R. Glaza, had requested his client be released to the custody of her husband, parents or friends, with whatever bond conditions Asadoorian considered appropriate. He said Houghtaling posed no flight risk, had no criminal history and no mental health or substance abuse issues.
Glaza entered a not-guilty plea on Houghtaling’s behalf.
An Oakland County sheriff’s deputy told Asadoorian that alcohol or drugs were involved in the incidents, one which took place at a student’s home and the other in a vehicle.
“The charges are serious and each carries up to 15 years in prison,” Asadoorian said. “Conviction on any will likely result in prison.”
Asadoorian told Houghtaling because of the seriousness of the charges, she was setting a $200,000 cash bond. Asadoorian also scheduled a Jan. 24 probable cause conference and a Jan. 30 preliminary exam.
If Houghtaling makes bond and is released, Asadoorian set a number of conditions, including no contact with the alleged victims and no use of alcohol or drugs. She also ordered that the ex-teacher submit to random testing and wear an electric tether to insure her activities are limited to court and medical appointments.
“You are banned from the premises of Rochester Public Schools and any public school,” said Asadoorian, who also said Houghtaling could not leave the state.
Houghtaling, who was accom-
“The fact that this person had this passion for the building led us to put this bigger call out for people to donate materials,” he said.
Another man who returned sconces from the building said that he took them from the building in late 1989, Ryan said. This was one year after the station closed its doors when the last train departed for Chicago. The man said that by the time he had gotten to the building much of the materials were gone.
“I think it’s important to note that because they have a passion for the building that’s why they’re taking these things,” Ryan said. “They’re not just taking them just to take them, but it’s a passion for what the building is and what it meant to them.”
Other returned artifacts that will be on display are office lamps, ornate staircase finials, a fire extinguisher and a railroad spike. White and pink tickets gifted to Ford Motor Co. would grant passengers travel to destinations, including Youngstown, Ohio; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Syracuse, New York.
In the collection is a postcard dated March 1916 that features an image of the “New Michigan Central Station.” In the handwritten message, an uncle thanks his niece in Maine for thinking of him on his 72nd birthday. He tells her that he is headed from Detroit to Chicago the next day.
Armbruster said it’s exciting to be surrounded by the artifacts.
“As archivists, we’re passionate about history,” she said. “As Ford archivists, we’re passionate about Detroit, the area and Dear- born. To be involved in the project where these things will be returned and will be utilized.
“A lot of what we do is not available to the public because we’re a private institution. To have an opportunity to show the public kind of what we do, where some of these cool things come from and where they’ll live eventually, it’s really exciting.”
Ford is asking that anyone with items from the station call (313) 845-3673.
Kathryn Houghtaling, with defense attorney Zachary R. Glaza, is accused of having sex with two students.
An elevator call light fixture from the Michigan Central Depot.