Fired teacher ar­raigned in sex case

Woman, 26, faces six counts of crim­i­nal sex­ual con­duct

The Detroit News - - METRO - BY MIKE MARTINDALE The Detroit News

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.

Daniel Mears The Detroit News

Kathryn Hough­tal­ing, with de­fense at­tor­ney Zachary R. Glaza, is ac­cused of hav­ing sex with two stu­dents.

Max Or­tiz / The Detroit News

An el­e­va­tor call light fix­ture from the Michi­gan Cen­tral De­pot.

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