CRIME
10/09/2014 09:41 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Mary Gilles, Catholic School Teacher Accused Of Sex Abuse, May Be Pregnant By Student: Police

A teacher who was recently fired from a Minnesota Catholic school over sex abuse allegations may be carrying the victim's child.

Mary Gilles, 28, a teacher at Pacelli High School in Austin, Minnesota, was fired Tuesday after admitting to sexual contact with a student. She is charged with six counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to the Star Tribune.

She allegedly sent emails to the 17-year-old that referred to her possible pregnancy. An administrator found the messages when she checked the boy's school email and personal email accounts after another staff member reported seeing the teacher and the teen talking in the auditorium "at a late hour."

When interviewed by police, the victim allegedly admitted having sex with the teacher multiple times at her home. He said their first sexual contact occurred in February, and the encounters continued until June. They had no contact over summer break, but resumed their alleged activity in September.

The boy, who is nine years younger than Gilles, told police that he'd used a condom when he had sex with the math teacher. Nevertheless, police believe that Gilles may be pregnant with the victim's child.

Gilles was arrested at her home Monday and held in Mower County jail. She was released on bail Wednesday.

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