Correction: Kathanna Culp was never a court-appointed child advocate, and was never an employee of Child Advocates, Inc., the organization's spokeswoman tells us. Although Culp went through the volunteer training, she never took a case, and her file was closed in May 2012, meaning she wouldn't have been eligible to take any cases without being retrained.
"She did all the credentialing, all the background, and all the paperwork, and all the 30 hours that they put them through to make sure they understand how to become an advocate," Ashley Brockette says. "But since she never did take a case, that...means that she never really was an advocate....She never worked for us.She was never on our payroll."
The Press regrets the error.
Please see a further update from Culp's attorney at the end of this post.
A former Spring Branch ISD high school teacher,
who also worked as a court-appointed child advocate, has been charged with having sex with an 18-year-old student.
Ex-Northbrook High teacher Kathanna C. Culp was charged March 19, according to Harris County District Clerk records, after she acknowledged the relationship, and after the student said she provided him and his friends with marijuana, which they all smoked at her apartment. (The student has since graduated).
According to the 28-year-old Culp's LinkedIn profile, she graduated with a law degree from the University of Florida,
and worked for Child Advocates, Inc. for a year beginning in January 2011. Her profile states "I underwent extensive training in child abuse, the legal system and child advocacy."
Culp was terminated December 14, 2012, at which time the school system notified the State Board of Educator Certification, according to a school system press release.
"This kind of outrageous, illegal conduct will never be tolerated in this school district," Superintendent of Schools Duncan Klussmann stated in the release.
According to a Spring Branch ISD police officer's affidavit, Culp notified her principal of the relationship last December, claiming that "she no longer wished to pursue" it, but that the student "did not agree to end the relationship and demanded compensation from Miss Culp, in lieu of making a public announcement...."
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The officer also stated that the student claimed to have lived on and off with Culp between April and November 2012. She also supplied alcohol and marijuana to the student and his friends, according to the affidavit, and "on one occasion, two children as young as ten years old accompanied [the student's] friends to a party at her apartment."
We've reached out to both Culp and her attorney for comments, and will update accordingly.
Update:We've heard from Culp's attorney, Sam Adamo, who denies the allegations.