Rochester High Teacher Fired After Allegations of Sexual Misconduct with Students

Rochester Community Schools (RCS) has fired a Rochester High School teacher after an investigation into alleged sexual relations took place with two boys, age 16 and 17. The female teacher, reported to be 26 years of age, is accused of having sexual relations with the two students in off-campus incidents. One took place in an apartment and the other in a car, where others students are said to have witnessed the act.

The RCS Letter to Parents

Dear RCS Families,

We were notified today of an alleged incident involving the inappropriate conduct of a Rochester High School teacher with students during after-school hours. Following the completion of a district investigation, the teacher has been terminated, effective immediately.

The investigation with local law enforcement continues. As I’m sure you are aware, when there is an ongoing investigation, we cannot publicly share details that could have a negative impact on the investigation. Protecting our children remains our priority.

Rochester Community Schools is committed to providing a safe, positive, and supportive learning environment for every student. District personnel are required to meet the highest standards of personal integrity, professionalism, and performance. Employees whose conduct or performance falls short of expectations will be subject to disciplinary action.

All members of our school community will experience an environment where they are safe, valued, and respected. We appreciate your support to encourage your son or daughter to talk to a trusted adult if they see, hear, or experience something that doesn’t seem right. They can also anonymously report information using OK2SAY.

Kathryn Houghtaling

Kathryn Houghtaling

UPDATE: The fired teacher has been identified as Kathryn Houghtaling and she has been charged with six counts of criminal sexual conduct in the second-degree. She was arraigned on Friday and entered a plea of not guilty to 52-3 District Court Judge Lisa L. Asadoorian. The felonies are punishable by up to 15 years in prison. A probable cause conference is scheduled for January 24 at 8:30 a.m. and a preliminary examination for Houghtaling is set for January 30 at 9:00 a.m.

Comments

  1. FLOYD LAMPINEN says:

    Never happened when I went to RHS frpm 9/59 to 6/62.If it would have that teacher would have been ” Tared and Feathered.”

  2. Supa Succa says:

    Anybody got links to pics?

  3. OldCarMan says:

    I wonder if this is really headline news, or should be on page 6?

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