Former Campbell Co. Teacher Guilty of Sexual Relationship With Student
Rustburg, VA - A former Campbell County teacher who had a sexual relationship with a student was found guilty Thursday.
Kathleen Cawthorne, 32, pleaded no contest to taking indecent liberties with a minor and three counts of electronic solicitation of a minor.
Prosecutors presented new evidence at trial, claiming not only did Cawthorne send naked pictures of herself to a 17 year-old student, she had sex with him too.
The inappropriate relationship began in March 2012 when the victim, a student in Cawthorne's study hall class at William Campbell Combined school, asked for her cell phone number.
Prosecutors say in the next two weeks they sent naked pictures to each other, and eventually drove to a field where the two had sexual intercourse.
Cawthorne was confronted by the principal at William Campbell Combined school, after another teacher saw sexually explicit pictures of her on a cell phone. She denied having sex with the student, but admitted he touched her vaginal area, prosecutors said.
The school system fired Cawthorne after the allegations surfaced. Her sentencing date hasn't been set, but she faces up to a maximum of thirty years for all four charges.