Former school employee sentenced to 2 years' probation for sending nude images to student
PORTLAND, Ore. – A 32-year-old former high school employee was sentenced to two years of probation after she pleaded guilty to a charge of luring a minor.
The charge stems from an investigation into whether she sent sexually explicit images of herself to a student at Centennial High School, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said.
The investigation started back on February 9 when the school’s principal told law enforcement that staff member Kecia Weaver may have been having a sexual relationship with a student.
Weaver was part of the school’s support staff and was not a licensed teacher, officials said.
During the investigation, authorities learned that the student met Weaver during an after-school program in his freshman year. They kept in contact over the next two years via Snapchat, and during some of those conversations they exchanged “sexually explicit images and videos,” officials said.
“This [plea] offer was carefully crafted after going through the facts of this case, after discussions with the victim and especially after a lot of the mitigation provided by the defense in this particular case [was reviewed],” Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Nicole Hermann said during Monday’s hearing. “There was a very extensive psycho-sexual evaluation that was done that provided a lot of information both about Ms. Weaver and about how to move forward. ...A lot of the conditions of this probation rely heavily on the treatment classes and counseling as recommended [in] that evaluation."
Hermann continued to say that these cases are rare in Multnomah County, and that there was no evidence that Weaver engaged in sexual contact with the underage student.
“That said, as students go back to school, we must demand accountability from those individuals whom we trust to watch over our children while they are in school,” Hermann said.
During her 24-month probation period, Weaver is required to take treatment and counseling classes recommended through evaluations, and can only use social media apps that are approved by her probation officer.
She cannot contact the victim in this case or have unsupervised contact with minors.
"Given all of that, the victim is quite appreciative that Ms. Weaver has taken full responsibility in this case. ... It's been very clear that she has taken responsibility,” Hermann said in court.
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The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office encourages parents to speak with children about appropriate relationships with school staff and other members of the community. A warning sign of a potentially inappropriate relationship would be a school staff member and a child communicating with one another after school hours over text messages and/or using social media apps. Many of these applications have features that include “disappearing” or “self-deleting” capabilities, which could make it difficult for parents or others to monitor those conversations. Parents who believe their children may be involved in potentially inappropriate relationships with a school staff member or anyone else in the community should contact law enforcement.