Teacher, 42, 'had year-long sexual relationship with student, 15'

A 42-year-old teacher has been charged with having an affair with one of her students for more than a year.

Cathleen Balman, a married mother-of-two, is alleged to have had the long-running relationship after meeting the student, 15, in one of her English classes.

Investigators began looking into reports of an illicit affair between the pair after an anonymous tip-off.

Arrested: Cathleen Balman was charged with three counts of indecent liberties with a 15-year old boy in Clearwater, Kansas

Arrested: Cathleen Balman was charged with three counts of indecent liberties with a 15-year old boy in Clearwater, Kansas

They discovered numerous text and phones messages with prosecutors saying it was apparent the pair from Clearwater, Kansas, were having an affair.

Police said the sexual relationship had lasted more than a year.

Though there were conflicting reports of how old she is - with some saying 39 - police could not confirm but it i widely believed she is 42 - almost three times the age of the student.

Lt Jeff Weible with the Exploited and Missing Child Unit said they began investigating Balman in September. 

'As we gathered more information through our investigation we began to see that there was a relationship as well,' Weible said. 

The relationship lasted 'at least a year', he said.

Scene: Clearwater Middle School in Kansas where Balman met the student she is accused of having a year-long relationship with

Scene: Clearwater Middle School in Kansas where Balman met the student she is accused of having a year-long relationship with

Balman was questioned earlier this year on suspicion of child exploitation charges.

Prosecutors this week filed three charges of indecent liberties with a child.

Balman has since been placed on administrative leave from Clearwater Middle School after bonding out of jail on a $250,000 surety.

She taught language arts to eighth-graders for three years prior to her arrest.

Balman had joined the school district in 2008 after teaching second-graders for one year at Argonia Elementary School.

Mike Roth, the superintendent of Clearwater district said: 'Parents entrust us to protect their kids, whether they’re 18 or whether they’re six years old, we have the same responsibility for all kids.'

 

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