A Hartville kindergarten teacher will stand trial for of allegedly sending naked pictures of herself to a student tutor for her class.
Attorney Dee Wampler waived the preliminary hearing for Katherine "Katie" Hicks, 39, today (05-27-09) and she was bound over for trial on one felony count of sexual contact with a student on public school property and one misdemeanor count of furnishing pornographic materials to a minor.
Investigators say that Hicks, 39, of Niangua allegedly sent nude photos of herself to the 17 year-old A+ tutor for her classroom.
Detectives in Wright County began investigating Hicks when the boys mother went to police after hearing reports of inappropriate behavior between her son and Hicks.
The probable cause statement says that when investigators interviewed the boy he told cops that he and Hicks had an ongoing personal relationship that included, "kissing, him touching her breast, both of them grabbing each other on the butt, and an exchange of nude pictures and dirty text messages by cell phone."
Hick's didn't admit to anything other than exchanging text messages with the student when questioned by authorities. When asked about the "naked pictures and dirty messages" that the duo had allegedly sent each other, she declined to answer any more questions and requested her attorney.
Hicks is scheduled to be arraigned in circuit court on June 4th.
09W1-CR00166 - STATE V KATHERINE DANENE HICKS
09W1-CR00167 - STATE V KATHERINE DANENE HICKS