A cheerleading coach in Reading, Pa., has been charged with sexual assault after engaging in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student. Nicole Kurowski, 27, sent thousands of texts to him, including messages that read, “I love you.” In addition to texts, dozens of pictures were also exchanged between Kurowski and the boy.
Kurowski taught physical education at Tulpehocken High School, in addition to being a cheerleading coach for two years. After getting tipped off by an email claiming Kurowski had a relationship with the student between October 2012 and August 2013, the school alerted Pennsylvania State Police.
“I got the tip and I immediately got on the phone with the school board president and our solicitor. I take this matter very seriously,” Dr. Edward J Albert, the school district superintendent, told the Reading Eagle. Allegedly, the pair even had sex during school hours. They also met at an apartment complex and the Reading Expo Center.
Kurowski surrendered to authorities Wednesday and was released on $25,000 bail.
There have been several other such cases recently where a female teacher got involved with a student. In March, Felicia Barahona, a 32-year-old former teacher at DeWitt Clinton High School in New York City's Bronx, gave birth to a student’s child. Barahona, who taught science and also is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, had sex with the student for four months at her home, the Daily News reports. She began the relationship when the boy turned 18 in the fall of 2011.
In February, it was reported that Kelly McKenzy Watson, a 34-year-old San Diego-area teacher, was pregnant with her 17-year-old special needs student’s baby. The student attended the New Haven Youth and Family Services program in Vista, Calif., which works with emotionally disturbed boys. Watson met the boy while working there between September 2010 and August 2011 and began dating him. Watson was sentenced to three years probation and a year in jail.