In January, video surfaced of a Franklin High School teacher having sex with a 16-year-old male student. The school’s resource officer was made aware of the explicit video and immediately notified the Police Department’s Crimes Against Children Unit.
In early January, officials announced the filing of an arrest warrant detailing charges against Ekatherine Pappas, who had only been teaching at the school for about a month when the alleged incident occurred. Pappas fled the country when she found out school authorities became aware of the video. The state’s investigation revealed that Pappas flew from the Dulles International Airport to Bogota, Columbia in January.
The same day, police brought the student into the police station for an interview. The student said he had left the school on two occasions per Pappas request in December. She picked the victim up and they drove to his home, where the encounter occurred and the video was recorded.
In June, Ekatherine Pappas, 25, pleaded guilty to three counts of fourth-degree sex office in a Baltimore County Circuit Court, according to court records. A felony count, sexual abuse of a minor, was dropped by the state.
Pappas was sentenced to three years in prison and five years of “specialized and enhanced probation for sexual offenders,” which will begin upon her release, said Perry Wasserman, county prosecutor. As part of her sentence, she will be required to register as a sex offender for up to 15 years.
In a statement to the court, the victim’s father told how the incident had impacted his family.
“I cannot begin to explain the terror of being notified that my son had been sexually abused and it was on videotape that had been circulated throughout the school for others to see,” he said, according to the Baltimore Sun.
“As a young man, this entire ordeal has been extremely confusing for him, just as it would be for any victim that is exposed to sexual activity before they are at a level of maturity,” the father said in an impact statement. “Our home is no longer viewed as a safe environment, since it is the location where the assault took place.”