Written by Rich Forestano: firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 16 March 2012 00:00
An Elmont woman allegedly engaged in sexual acts with a Freeport High School (FHS) student, police revealed at a press briefing on Friday, March 9. The affair spanned four months and according to school district officials, it cost the woman her job.
Math and earth science teacher Kaitlin Grant, 23, was arrested last Friday at 2:17 a.m. outside her home and was charged with three felony counts of third-degree criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child, police said. Grant will be fired from her position at FHS, according to district superintendent Dr. Kishore Kuncham.
Police classified the charge as an “E felony” and stated that Grant has no prior arrests or run-ins with authorities. Police said all meetings between Grant and the student took place outside the school and not on school grounds, but authorities could not determine if meetings occurred at Grant’s or the student’s home.
“Ms. Grant had no prior criminal record and passed all background checks in compliance with New York State law,” Kuncham said in a released statement. “Ms. Grant will no longer work in the District. The district is disturbed by these allegations.”
Grant pleaded not guilty last Friday at First District Court in Hempstead, according to court officials. She was a star basketball player at Elmont Memorial High School.
Grant was named to the All-Long Island second team in 2005-2006 as a senior. She later played for Loyola University in Maryland, where she was named most valuable player as a junior in 2008-2009.
Det. Sgt. Carlo Maltempi stated that Grant met the unnamed 15-year-old female student at the school. Grant had been with the district about one year.
“She engaged in sexual relations with a student,” Maltempi said. “Grant was a substitute teacher. They met while in school and started interacting.”
Police said Grant’s rendezvous with the student began last November and ended abruptly last month. According to Maltempi, a family member of the student uncovered the relationship and alerted Freeport Village Police.
It is believed that the family member saw something suspicious on social media websites, indicating some sort of relationship was going on. An investigation by Nassau County’s Special Victims Squad ensued, police stated.
“Something along those lines, yes,” Maltempi said when questioned if it were Facebook, social media or phone calls, but would not give a definitive answer.
It is unknown if the student was enrolled in Grant’s classes. Police would not state whether or not, fearing that it would be easier to narrow down who the student could be.
“The process is still going on,” Maltempi said, cutting off barrages of questions from reporters in his first press conference as a detective. “We can’t comment on whether the student was or was not a student of Grant’s.”
Maltempi said it’s unclear if there were other victims, but police are imploring parents to come forward if their child endured a similar situation with Grant. He stated that the victim is cooperating with the investigation.
Police ask that anyone call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS or Special Victims Squad at 516-573-4022.