A former teacher’s aide from Washington state pleaded guilty Monday to four counts of sexual misconduct with a 16-year-old boy she had met while supervising detention.
The Thurston County prosecutor is recommending a sex offender sentencing alternative for 29-year-old Courtney Keller. She can avoid a five-year prison sentence if she completes sex offender treatment. Miss Keller, who is married and has a young daughter, worked at Black Hills High School in Tumwater and was arrested in April 2013 after a student disclosed a sexual relationship with the ‘detention lady.’
Keller was arrested last April after her former student contacted police to report that he had a two-year affair with the 29-year-old educator, which started with flirting and eventually progressed to sexual encounters. The pair met during the student’s sophomore year at Black Hills High School when he was 16 years old. As their relationship evolved, the 29-year-old teacher began offering the minor tobacco and painkillers, including Vicodin and Percoset.
According to the former student, the entire school knew of his and Keller’s trysts. He told the authorities that one time the married mother accompanied him to a party, where two of his classmates caught the pair having sex. The victim said the affair came to an end last year because Keller was falling in love with him and planned to leave her husband and come live with him when he turned 18 years old – a prospect that left the teen feeling ‘freaked out.’ The boy showed police sexually explicit text messages sent by the teacher, which referenced their past encounters, according to court document.
When interviewed by police, the victim’s mother said she found it strange that her son was spending so much time in detention, the station Q13Fox reported. The school district’s insurer later paid $300,000 to the victim, who dropped out of school during his senior year, The Olympian reported. Keller, who has been freed on work release, is set to be sentenced June 2.
A teacher that is almost twice the age of the student supplies victim with drugs that are addictive mood relaxers and then carries on a “sexual” relationship with him but all she gets is sex offender therapy as a punishment instead of the 5 year prison sentence?