A 25-year-old US high-school teacher has been sentenced to three years in prison after video footage of her engaging in sex acts with a 16-year-old high school student emerged.
According to PEOPLE Magazine, Ekatherine Pappas had been working as a Spanish teacher at Baltimore’s Franklin Highschool for just one month when in December 2016 she took the boy, who is part of the special education student stream, off school grounds to engage in sex acts.
It is believed the pair travelled to the boy’s own home where they engaged in sexual activities twice.
"He was in her care and custody and she so grossly abused that role," Baltimore County assistant state attorney Perry Wasserman said. “He was receiving special education services and she took him off the [school] property twice, and that makes it all the more egregious."
Baltimore police first learned of the sexual abuse in January, when video footage of their sexual engagement captured by the victim began circulating throughout several schools within the district.
The video, Wasserman says, "went viral."
"The video was so widely distributed that kids at other schools were getting it. Parents were getting it and we became aware that parents had to have less-than-comfortable conversations with their children because this video was going around. It really had an effect beyond that student and that school.”