Kathryn Houtaling

Kathryn Houtaling, center, appears in court for an arraignment, (Photo: Mike Campbell/WWJ)

Ex-Rochester High School Teacher Accused Of Sex With Students Released On Bond

January 12, 2019 - 3:11 pm
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ROCHESTER (WWJ) - A former Rochester High School teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with two students is out of jail.  

Records show Kathryn Houghtaling posted a $200,000 bond hours after being booked into jail Friday afternoon. She was released under the conditions she must not communicate with any of the students she allegedly had sex with, and must stay away from any school property.

photo: Oakland County Sheriff

Houghtaling, a 26-year-old special education teacher, is facing six counts of criminal sexual conduct and could spend 15 years behind bars if convicted as charged.

Investigators said alcohol and drugs were involved when Houghtaling had sex with two students, ages 16 and 17 -- one in a car while other students watched, and another at a student's home. 

"The allegations are serious; they involve students. One was being taught by Ms. Houghtaling -- that's the allegation. They involve various sex acts in more than one locations on more than one date through at least two months in the last year," Judge Lisa  Asadoorian said during an arraignment hearing. "The court's very concerned about the teacher-student relationship that's alleged to have been involved in these allegations."

While defense attorney Zachary Glaza acknowledged that one alleged victim was in Houghtaling's class, he told the court that the student had a reading impediment and is not disabled. 

Houghtaling is due back in court for a probable cause conference on January 24, followed by a preliminary exam on Jan. 30.