Katherine Ruth Harper, 28, was a teacher and cheerleading coach at Tidwell Middle School when she started a sexual relationship with one of her students in June 2016. 

According to the Star-Telegram, the relationship between Harper and the 15-year-old started when the two began exchanging flirty text messages and sharing nude images.

Harper eventually headed to the teen’s home in Trophy Club where they drank and engaged in sexual acts. 

The relationship continued for several months, and Harper eventually became pregnant, though it’s unclear if the child was fathered by the teen student, People reports. 

Denton County Sheriff

School officials received an anonymous tip about the relationship in September 2016, but the investigation was dropped because they didn’t have enough information.

But in December 2016, they received a much more detailed account on the school district website, Star-Telegram reported.

When the school questioned the teen, he eventually broke down and admitted to the sexual relationship. 

Harper was arrested in April 2017 and charged with improper relationship between an educator and student, a felony. She was eight months pregnant at the time. 

The former teacher pleaded guilty to the crime. And on Thursday, she received her sentence.

Harper was sentenced to six years behind bars and 10 years on probation, according to People. Following her probation, she will have to register as a sex offender for the remainder of her life.

It’s unclear who is caring for her child at this time.

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