HOUSTON, Texas – A Spring Branch ISD teacher has been fired for allegedly having sex with a student and hosting pot parties for teens.
Kathanna Culp, 28, was arrested earlier this month.
She was fired from Northbrook High School in December after she confessed to her principal that a former student was blackmailing her, according to Spring Branch ISD Police Chief Chuck Brawner. Culp said the student was threatening to go public about their relationship if she didn’t give him money.
SBISD began an investigation and interviewed the former student. He told them that he and Culp had a sexual relationship his senior year that lasted from March 2012 until November 2012, after he graduated. He said they had sex several times, mostly at her home.
The former student told police he lived with Culp on-and-off during that period and she even drove him to school.
He said Culp invited other students, including some who were only 14, to her home and gave them pot and alcohol. Brawner said those students backed up his story.
The teen said Culp took him on trips and he showed police cell phone photos to prove it. The photos included the pair "in compromising positions, including naked pictures of Culp," Brawner said.
Brawner said SBISD police also investigated Facebook and Twitter messages and phone calls between Culp and the student, which corroborated his story.
Culp became a full-time teacher at Northbrook in the fall of 2012. She has a law degree and worked as a child advocate with the ACLU, according to SBISD.