Katherine Gonzalez, an elementary school teacher, is being accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old male student. Gonzalez also told police that she wanted to make the boy “happy.”
Gonzalez, 24, was arrested and charged with one count of first-degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 13. Gonzalez taught at Atlas Preparatory’s Kansas Avenue campus in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Gonzalez made her first court appearance on Sunday, March 5, with a cash bond being set at $15,000. Furthermore, Gonzales was ordered to have no contact with the 11-year-old victim in this case, and she is permitted from using social media, a computer, or a cell phone.
The Atlas Preparatory Academy sent home a letter with students stating that one of the school’s teachers had been placed on administrative leave. The letter says the Milwaukee Police Department is investigating a report alleging an Atlas teacher had engaged in inappropriate conduct with a student.
“The Milwaukee Police Department sent officers to the Kansas Campus on Wednesday, March 1st to investigate a report alleging inappropriate conduct between an Atlas teacher and a student outside of school grounds. School officials are fully cooperating with the Milwaukee Police Department in this ongoing investigation. The teacher has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
We want to assure you that we continue to take all the necessary steps to ensure the safety and well-being of our students. We are deeply dismayed by this allegation and will continue to work with our students to support them as they cope with this disturbing news. Counseling will be made available to students, staff, and families.”
According to Atlas Preparatory Academy’s website, the Kansas Campus is a kindergarten through sixth-grade school.