DWIGHT — A Dwight Township High School teacher was arrested by Livingston County Sheriff’s police and charged with criminal sexual assault to an underage student on May 31.
According to a release, Kathryn “Kathy” Patten, a teacher at the school since 2009, posted the required 10 percent of her $25,000 bond after she appeared before a judge for a probable cause hearing on June 1. According to Livingston County online court records, the 34-year-old Patten’s next court appearance is July 2.
According to the school’s website, Patten teaches family and consumer sciences.
The victim is a male teen between the ages of 13 and 17, who is a student at the high school.
The possible sentence if found guilty of the felony is four to 15 years. A person cannot receive probation.
It marks the fifth time since last December a teacher from a school in the Daily Journal area has been charged with a crime involving a student.
“Investigators will not be releasing any further information at this time,” Sheriff Tony Childress said. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible. Dwight police contacted sheriff’s investigators.
Dwight school officials issued a news release on Monday: “The administration was made aware of a rumor and took immediate action to investigate, which led to contacting the Dwight Police Department and the Department of Children and Family Services.
“The safety and welfare of our students, as well as protecting the rights of our staff, are priorities of our school district. Due to this being an ongoing investigation and a personnel matter, no further comments will be made at this time.”