By Rachel Sharp For Dailymail. A married high school teacher in Michigan has been jailed for four years for having sex with two teenage students and plying one of them with drugs. She had sex with the students on multiple occasions, at least one time in a car while other students watched, and another time in one of the victim's homes. She also plied one of the students with Xanax, with the victim's guardian telling the court the vulnerable teen came home 'high as a kite' after being with Houghtaling, while he was struggling to cope with the death of his mother.
Kathryn Houghtaling pictured in court Tuesday , who was 26 at the time of the offenses, sexually assaulted the male students aged 16 and 17 when she was working as a special education and science teacher at Rochester High School.
She was sentenced to 51 months to months in prison after she pleaded no contest to six counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with the boys. Houghtaling, now 27, was also charged with providing a controlled substance to one of the boys.
She was also charged with providing a controlled substance to one of the boys. The abuse took place between November 1 and December 31 , with each of the incidents reportedly taking place outside of school hours and off school property. Kathryn Houghtaling pictured had sex with the students on multiple occasions, at least one time in a car while other students watched, and another time in one of the victim's homes. She struck a deal with the court this January, pleading no contest to the charges just before her trial was due to start.
A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt but is treated as such during sentencing. The sentence came despite the pleas of prosecutors to come down heavily on the married woman, saying she had shown 'no remorse' for her abuse of power.
Instead, she continues to blame the victims, prosecutors said, even making new claims that one of the boys had threatened to kill her, her husband and her dog and to burn down her house.
The guardian of one of the boys told the court Tuesday how Houghtaling had preyed on the vulnerable student at a time when he was dealing with his mother's death just months before. He added that the former teacher had not only groomed the student but had gained the trust of the family, who thought she wanted to help the teen, according to a victim impact statement read out by the distraught uncle.
He added that the former teacher had not only groomed the student but had gained the trust of the family. The mother of the second victim also called for her son's abuser to face 'the maximum punishment. The judge agreed with the plea guidelines, sentencing Houghtaling to 51 months to months for the criminal sexual conduct charges and 51 months to 96 months for the drug charge. He choked back tears as he recounted one occasion when Houghtaling insisted she come to their house to cook a meal with the boy, and he later found his vulnerable nephew 'higher than a kite.
She told how Houghtaling had sneaked into her house in the middle of the night to be with her son, and had given him alcohol and unauthorized rides home. Houghtaling cried in court as she apologized for her crimes and admitted her 'actions betrayed the duties and responsibilities I had as a teacher.
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