High School Spanish Teacher Sentenced To 3 Years After Recording Herself Having Sex With A Student
Ekatherine Pappas fled to Colombia before her arrest.
A former Spanish teacher at a Maryland high school has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to three misdemeanors in a sexual offense against a student.
While Ekatherine Pappas, 25, taught at Franklin High in Reisterstown, she videotaped herself engaging in a sex act with a male student, reported the Baltimore Sun.
Pappas was also sentenced to five years of “specialized and enhanced supervised probation for sexual offenders” upon her release, county prosecutor Perry Wasserman told The Sun. In addition, she must register as a sex offender for 15 years.
In January, Baltimore County police announced charges against the former teacher and obtained a warrant for her arrest after discovering the videotape. On the day the warrant was acquired, Pappas went to Dulles International Airport and flew to Bogota, Colombia.
On the same day, the unidentified victim, 16, was interviewed by police. Weeks later, Pappas returned to Dulles and was arrested at the airport.
The victim told detectives that Pappas asked him to leave the school during school hours on two occasions in December, and drove with him to the victim’s home. During one of the visits to his home, their sexual encounter was recorded.
In a statement submitted to the court, the teen’s father said his son and his family have been affected “in devastating and profound ways.”
“I cannot begin to explain the terror of being notified that my son had been sexually abused and it was on videotape that had been circulated throughout the school for others to see,” he said in the statement, reported by the Baltimore Sun.
The victim’s father remained anonymous to protect the identity of his son.
“As a young man, this entire ordeal has been extremely confusing for him, just as it would be for any victim that is exposed to sexual activity before they are at a level of maturity,” his father said in his statement to the court. “Our home is no longer viewed as a safe environment, since it is the location where the assault took place.”
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