Daily Mail reports:
A 24-year-old elementary school teacher is accused of sexually assaulting one of her 11-year-old male students and told police that she wanted to make the boy ‘happy.’
Katherine Gonzalez was arrested and charged with one count of first degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 13 on Sunday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
According to the criminal complaint, Gonzalez had contact with the student in her car and at her home.
The two touched each other’s ‘private parts through their clothing,’ prosecutors said.
The teacher allegedly told the student not to tell anyone about their relationship because she could lose her job and go to jail.
Gonzalez told authorities that the victim is ‘chronically depressed’ and admitted to saying things to make the 11-year-old boy happy.
According to her interview with police, she told authorities that she wanted to child to see that someone cared.
Gonzalez appeared in court for the charge and a judge set her cash bond at $15,000 while ordering her to have no contact with the victim.
She is prohibited from using social media, a cell phone or a computer.
Officials with the school sent a letter home to parents on March 3 announcing that one of the teacher’s had been placed on administrative leave.
The letter, which was signed by Atlas Preparatory Academy executive director Michelle Lukacs, stated that the Milwaukee Police Department is investigating a report that accuses a teacher at the school of having inappropriate conduct with an underage student outside of school grounds.