Neighbors: Former Teacher Was 'Wonderful' Mother
Rustburg, VA - Neighbors on a sleepy suburban street in Rustburg say 32-year-old Kathleen Cawthorne is a wonderful mother to her three young children. They call the entire situation devastating.
Campbell County investigators now say the former William Campbell Combined School teacher sent naked pictures of herself to a 17-year-old male student in her study hall class.
Brian Dudley is the lead investigator in the case.
"As a parent, I think we entrust our children's safety and well-being when we send them to school," Dudley said after the arrest.
Investigators say the teacher-student relationship began on March 7 and lasted for about two weeks. Cawthorne is charged with three counts of using a cell phone to solicit a child and taking indecent liberties with a child she has a custodial relationship with -- all felonies.
"There is no indication to believe that there are any other victims. But certainly we always leave that door open, and we would love to hear from them," explained Dudley.
In a brief statement after her arrest, the Campbell County superintendent says Cawthorne has not been employed with the school system since March 22. And all matters related to the former employee have been turned over to law enforcement.
It's a case that even the lead investigator calls troubling.
"I think it's a violation of the trust of the people here in Campbell County," Dudley added.
Investigators say Cawthorne spent seven to eight years teaching at the school. They also say the victim's family has hired an attorney of its own in this case.