SPRING - by Andrew Horansky/KHOU 11 News and www.khou.com
An employee at an elementary school in Spring ISD is accused of having sex with a high school student in the district, according to Spring ISD police.
Katherine Alana Gricar, 24, was charged with improper relationship with a student.
According to Spring ISD, Gricar was a certified teacher's aide but only worked at Smith Elementary School as a work room assistant. Gricar befriended a teacher's aide who also worked there. The teacher's aide had a 17-year-old daughter who was a homebound student in Spring ISD. Gricar moved in with the mother and daughter for a while to help the daughter with her education.
The teen’s mom began to suspect that something was going on between the two. The mother said one day she arrived home to find the two of them locked in the teen’s bedroom.
The daughter admitted to her mother that she and “Katie” kissed, investigators said. She also told her mother that she wanted to move out of their home and move in with Gricar.
The mother called police to report the inappropriate behavior.
Police interviewed Gricar who admitted to being intimate with the young girl. She said that in February, she left work during her lunch hour and had sex with the teen. She said, even though she knew the teen was a student, she still wanted to have a relationship with her.
Charges were filed and her bail was set at $30,000. She is now out on bond.
Parents in Spring are wondering how this could happen again. Just two weeks ago, a former assistant principal at Spring High School was accused of having sex with a student in his office during a prom event.
On parent says this latest incident is enough to make her think about home schooling her son.
“My mind is going with different options,” Jessica Sutphen said.
“I think maybe my kids may need to go back to private school where you don’t ever hear about that,” said Carla, a Smith Elementary parent.
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