A former teacher at a Catholic school in Madison Heights has been arrested on charges that she had sex with a 15-year-old student on multiple occasions.
Kathryn Ronk, 29, of Birmingham was charged with five counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct after she turned herself into police, The Detroit Free Press reports. Each count carries a possible life sentence.
Madison Heights police began investigating Ronk, who was a Spanish teacher at Bishop Foley High School, last month after the male student’s parents and the Rev. Gerry LeBouef, the president of the school, filed a complaint.
Ronk was arraigned in Madison Heights District Court and bond was set at $500,000, but she was released on a 10 percent surety bond. She will be required to wear an electronic monitoring device.
The school fired Ronk, who was finishing her first year teaching at the school, shortly after the allegations were made public.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit, headquartered in Madison Heights, issued a statement saying that “such allegations are disconcerting and are treated with the utmost seriousness.”
Parents of students at the school were notified of the allegations in May, though Ronk was not named.
Police said the sexual criminal conduct allegations included intercourse and other sexual acts, and occurred from early January to April 30 in Ronk’s classrooms. Some of the incidents occurred during the school day and others occurred during breaks.Ronk is married and has no children, Madison Heights Deputy Chief Corey Haines said