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Kathryn Camille Murray, Former Teacher, Gets 1 Year In Prison For Sex Assault Of Former Student

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Kathryn Camille Murray

A former middle school teacher in Texas was sentenced to a year in county jail Tuesday for having a sexual relationship with a student she tutored.

Kathryn Camille Murray, 31, pleaded guilty last month to charges of inappropriate relationship with a student and sexual assault of a child. Prosecutors said Murray had sex with the teen at least four times beginning when he was 15.

Murray originally came under investigation in 2012, and was fired from her job at Memorial Middle School in Houston.

Police learned that Murray had sex with the boy twice in her classroom when she was supposed to be tutoring him in Language Arts, according to KHOU. They also had sex in a hotel the night of a school dance, and once at his parents' house while his parents were away.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Murray closed her bank account and planned to flee to Mexico shortly before she was arrested in February 2012.

The affair continued even after a judge ordered Murray not to see the boy. In January 2013, Murray faced charges of harboring a runaway after police came to her father's house and caught the teen, then 16, leaving out the back door.

Murray's bond was revoked after the January 2013 incident, and she was jailed.

The victim's parents said their son is confused, has been suicidal, and has conflicting feelings about his former teacher. At one point, the victim said he was in love with Murray, according to a separate KHOU report.

"He still has mixed feelings for her. He knows that he should not, but it's something that he's working out," Alex Pallais, the victim's father, told KHOU on Tuesday.

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