UPDATED:Kathanna Culp: Spring Branch Teacher Charged With Having Sex With Student

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Courtesy Spring Branch ISD Police Department
Kathanna Culp was blackmailed into admitting the illegal relationship, according to a police officer's statement.

Correction: Kathanna Culp was never a court-appointed child advocate, and was never an employee of Child Advocates, Inc., the organization's spokeswoman tells us. Although Culp went through the volunteer training, she never took a case, and her file was closed in May 2012, meaning she wouldn't have been eligible to take any cases without being retrained.

"She did all the credentialing, all the background, and all the paperwork, and all the 30 hours that they put them through to make sure they understand how to become an advocate," Ashley Brockette says. "But since she never did take a case, that...means that she never really was an advocate....She never worked for us.She was never on our payroll."

The Press regrets the error.

Please see a further update from Culp's attorney at the end of this post.

A former Spring Branch ISD high school teacher, who also worked as a court-appointed child advocate, has been charged with having sex with an 18-year-old student.

Ex-Northbrook High teacher Kathanna C. Culp was charged March 19, according to Harris County District Clerk records, after she acknowledged the relationship, and after the student said she provided him and his friends with marijuana, which they all smoked at her apartment. (The student has since graduated).

According to the 28-year-old Culp's LinkedIn profile, she graduated with a law degree from the University of Florida, and worked for Child Advocates, Inc. for a year beginning in January 2011. Her profile states "I underwent extensive training in child abuse, the legal system and child advocacy."

Culp was terminated December 14, 2012, at which time the school system notified the State Board of Educator Certification, according to a school system press release.

"This kind of outrageous, illegal conduct will never be tolerated in this school district," Superintendent of Schools Duncan Klussmann stated in the release.

According to a Spring Branch ISD police officer's affidavit, Culp notified her principal of the relationship last December, claiming that "she no longer wished to pursue" it, but that the student "did not agree to end the relationship and demanded compensation from Miss Culp, in lieu of making a public announcement...."

The officer also stated that the student claimed to have lived on and off with Culp between April and November 2012. She also supplied alcohol and marijuana to the student and his friends, according to the affidavit, and "on one occasion, two children as young as ten years old accompanied [the student's] friends to a party at her apartment."

We've reached out to both Culp and her attorney for comments, and will update accordingly.

Update:We've heard from Culp's attorney, Sam Adamo, who denies the allegations.

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18 comments
sergeantyumyum
sergeantyumyum

Wow this Teacher is Amazingly Beautiful :) What red blooded male age 13-99 could possibly resist her delicious mary jane laden cupcakes and twinkies :)

Anse
Anse

There seems to be an insinuation that this lady wanted to be an advocate for abused children, and then went and abused a child herself. But this kid was 18 years old. He's legally an adult. Fire her, take away her teaching credentials, but sending her to prison is stupid. She's not a 'sex offender'. She's just doing what any of us could have done without penalty.

Robin Frazier
Robin Frazier

This is not a District problem. We have a serious social problem. What kind of women are we raising these days. There sure seems to be a lot of emotionally screwed up ones.

Kimberly Reeves
Kimberly Reeves

Hey, this is the school district that wants to set its own goals and standards, completely apart from TEA. Party on, guys!

blahme
blahme

I attend this school...and I did see her around the campus once or twice. But she was involved with a program that helps kids...she just made herself look really disgusting. She needs to be behind bars.

hendodrummer
hendodrummer

I kinda hope the boy get's in trouble for this as well. you can scream sexual abuse all you want, but an 18 year old knows right and wrong. I'm having a hard time believing that she deserves all the punishment, though I did read somewhere else that the "child" is saying that she threw parties that provided weed and liquor to 10 year old children. I'm a little suspect of that, but if she did it, then she should be punished. If this 18 year old is still trying to blackmail her, then get his ass in trouble too.

childadvocates
childadvocates

Speaking on behalf of Child Advocates, Miss. Culp was never employed by Child Advocates. She did go through and complete our 30-hour training to become a court appointed advocate volunteer in 2011 but never took a case. I would love to speak with the author about this subject in further detail. Please call us at 713-529-1396 ext 213. Thank you!

JDaniels
JDaniels

Sex and weed? Damn, why couldn't these teachers have been around when I went to school?

Mark
Mark

@Anse Not true. It is illegal for a teacher to have sex with a high school student, even if normally that student is of the age of consent.

TaliaMirai
TaliaMirai

@Robin Frazier Women?! What kind of young boys are we raising these days? Granted, this woman, being older and in a position of "power", is obviously immature and not fit to teach children as she needs to learn a lot herself, but she does not represent "women these days". I'd say there are more young men that would willingly sleep with an older woman and engage in illegal drug and alcohol use. How about we teach our young men not to engage in that sort of our behavior?

Anse
Anse

@Mark @Anse And I'm saying it should not be an offense punishable with prison time if the student in question is above the legal age. It's a stupid law. No, I am not suggesting that it is okay for teachers to shag students. What I'm saying is that there is a difference between firing the lady and stripping her of her professional credentials and going even further with prison time. The student in this case is hardly a victim. In fact in a story on the Chronicle's website, the only reason this came to light is the teacher divulged the relationship to an administrator after the student tried to blackmail her. 

jnanas
jnanas

@TaliaMirai Since time memorial, young men have always been the same and will remain the same.. No young man is going to turn down such advances from a woman because it's such a big ego boost to him (especially among his mates).

So it is the duty of the stronger sex (this time the women) to remain in control of their sexual urges.

Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

@Anse @Mark The student is not above the legal age, because age has nothing to do with the law she broke. Teachers can't have sex with high school students, period. It is abusing a trust relationship. Teachers grade students.

TaliaMirai
TaliaMirai

@jnanas That's terribly flawed, misogynistic, and just idiotic reasoning. And it's an insult to men, even. The "Boys Will Be Boys" argument says that they do not have the mental and moral capacity to rise above their "base animal instincts", nor can they learn such morals and lessons. It relieves their fathers (or mothers or other people that have bearing on their raising and what they learn) from blame when they do not learn such things and act as these young men do. We say a person is an adult when they are 18. Then we should hold these young men accountable for their actions and not hold blame only on the teacher (though she deserves most of it, admittedly), but their peers and parents as well.

There is no "duty" of women to control our sexual urges so that men will not do wrong. Ever. Not in any situation. Because all that does--and THIS has been going on since "time memorial"---is make women out to be the blame for when a man can't think without the influence of the little head in his pants. Men are capable of saying "No" or "That's not right". If they can't resist temptation, then that's an issue of character, not sex. Give me an effin' break.

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