A woman who allegedly had sex with a 14-year-old friend of a relative over 10 months last year has been charged with 10 counts of third-degree rape, Delaware State Police said Thursday.
Katheryn L. Carmean, 35, now of Berlin, Md., but formerly of the Laurel area, also faces charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child and endangering the welfare of a child, Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said.
A warrant was issued for Carmean’s arrest Wednesday, and state police took her into custody at her job at Seaford Middle School at 500 East Stein Highway in Seaford, where she works as a para-educator assisting with handicapped students, according to court records.
The victim confided to his mother earlier this week about the sexual relationship, and she notified state police.
When interviewed by detectives, the boy told them that they knew each other because they attended the same church in Seaford and began having sex in November 2011, when he was 14, police said in court records.
The two continued meeting once a week for sexual encounters until August, the victim told police.
The boy said “he would spend the night at Carmean’s Mt. Zion Road home in Laurel” with the young relative and have sex with her. The victim also said he had “sex in her car” at parks and parking lots around Laurel, according to court records.
When Carmean was interviewed Wednesday, she acknowledged the relationship to detectives and estimated the two had engaged in sex about “40 times” during that 10-month period that ended in August when the victim was 15 years old, police said in court records.
According to court records, Carmean got married Jan. 31.
Carmean currently is suspended from her job pending the outcome of the investigation, said Stephanie Smith, spokeswoman for the Seaford School District.
She was being held at Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution after failing to post $57,000 secured bail pending a Feb. 14 court hearing.