The former William V. Fisher Catholic High School teacher accused of exchanging nude pictures with one of her students has been formally charged, according to the Lancaster Police Department.
Kathleen Thomas has been charged with one misdemeanor count of disseminating matter harmful to juvenile, and one misdemeanor count of telecommunication harassment on December 16.
The incident was reported to Lancaster police on October 13 by Fisher Catholic Principal Sean Kenney.
According to a police report, Kenney told Lancaster police that he was approached by a parent at a football game on October 12. Kenney told police that the parent reported that a student had received a sexually oriented picture from Thomas.
Kenney told detectives that it had been alleged that Thomas had sent a nude picture of herself to a 17-year-old male student.
Upon speaking with the alleged minor victim, officers learned that Thomas had allegedly asked the student for his phone number on September 26. The student said he complied with Thomas' request.
The student told officers that Thomas, who was his teacher, began texting him after school and asked him why he appeared to be angry that day. The student stated that Thomas then sent him nude pictures of her and asked him to send nude pictures of himself in return.
The student told officers that he complied with the Thomas' request, and that she continued to send nude pictures of herself.
The student stated that he discontinued communication with Thomas the following day because she was making him feel uncomfortable. The student stated that he deleted all messages exchanged with Thomas.
The student told officers he became concerned that people might find out about the incident and asked Thomas for another picture. Thomas complied and sent the student another nude picture, according to the student.
The student told officers that he saved the picture to his email.
The student also told officers that Thomas had rubbed his leg with her foot in class when they were alone.
Officers seized the student's cell phone as evidence and obtained consent from the student and his father to examine the phone for evidence.
The charges against Thomas have been filed in the Fairfield County Municipal Court.
According to school officials, Thomas was terminated on December 9.