Mid­dle school teacher charged with sex­u­ally as­sault­ing 15-year-old boy

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS - By Manuel Gamiz Jr.

A Catasauqua mid­dle school teacher was charged with sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a 15-year-old boy sev­eral times last sum­mer in her home, Le­high County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Jim Martin an­nounced Thurs­day.

Martin said Kim­berly Race, 42, has been sus­pended from her job as a seventh grade teacher at Catasauqua Mid­dle School, where she taught math and sci­ence. Al­though the boy was once one of Race’s stu­dents, Martin said none of the sex­ual as­saults hap­pened while she was his teacher.

Race was charged Thurs­day with statu­tory sex­ual as­sault, a first-de­gree felony, and cor­rup­tion of mi­nors, a first-de­gree mis­de­meanor. She was ar­raigned by Dis­trict Judge Ron Manescu and re­leased on $50,000 un­se­cured bail.

A de­tec­tive with the Le­high County dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice be­gan an in­ves­ti­ga­tion on June 27 af­ter re­ceiv­ing a re­port of pos­si­ble sex­ual as­saults on a 15-year-old boy.

The as­saults hap­pened sev­eral times at Race’s home in July and Au­gust 2018, Martin said.

As part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the de­tec­tive in­ter­viewed the boy and viewed video, Martin said in a news re­lease. Court doc­u­ments say Race sent videos to the boy, which show “her­self in­volved in some sex­u­ally ex­plicit be­hav­ior.”

The boy had been a stu­dent in Race’s class when he was in the seventh grade and 12 years old, but Martin said the as­saults hap­pened three years later.

Catasauqua Area School Dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Robert Spen­gler said Race is sus­pended with pay.

The dis­trict was alerted in Au­gust of a pend­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the teacher. As a re­sult, Spen­gler said Race was not per­mit­ted to start the school year.

Morn­ing Call re­porter Sarah M. Wo­j­cik con­trib­uted to this story.

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