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Teacher Embroiled in Teen Sex Scandal Faces New Charges

Kahryn Ronk, the former teacher at a Madison Heights Catholic school accused of maintaining a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old, was arraigned Wednesday in two Macomb County courts. She could go to prison for life.

Kathryn Ronk, a former teacher accused of maintaining a sexual relationship with a male student, 15, was arraigned on new charges in two Macomb County courts Wednesday. She previously was charged in Oakland County. (Photo: Madison Heights police)
Kathryn Ronk, a former teacher accused of maintaining a sexual relationship with a male student, 15, was arraigned on new charges in two Macomb County courts Wednesday. She previously was charged in Oakland County. (Photo: Madison Heights police)

A Birmingham woman who was fired from her teaching job at a Madison Heights Catholic high school after authorities accused her of having sex with a 15-year-old male student is facing new charges.

Kathryn Ronk, 29, of Birmingham was charged last week by Madison Heights authorities with five counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct – each carrying a potential life sentence. The charges stemmed from a complaint filed by the 15-year-old’s parents and officials at Bishop Foley High School, where had been a Spanish teacher.

Macomb County authorities have tacked on new charges, and Ronk was arraigned Wednesday in two different courts – one in Shelby Township and the other in Sterling Heights, the Detroit Free Press reports.

The new allegations accuse Ronk of having sex with the student in her parked vehicle on a Sterling Heights street and in the teen’s home in Macomb Township. In addition to the Oakland County charges filed after the Madison Heights police investigation, Ronk now also faces:

  • One count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct (Sterling Heights court)

  • Two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct (Shelby Township court)

  • Sexually abusive activity (Shelby Township court)

  • Selling or furnishing alcohol to a minor (Shelby Township court)

A personal bond of $100,000 was set during the arraignments in district courts in Shelby Township and Sterling Heights. Attorney James Thom, who represents the former teacher, told  The Oakland Press Ronk has been cooperative, is not a danger to the community and is not a flight risk.

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In the initial Madison Heights investigation, police alleged Ronk engaged in sexual intercourse and other sexual acts with the student from early January to April 30, sometimes in her classroom during school days.

Bishop Foley High 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, also issued a statement saying that “such allegations are disconcerting and are treated with the utmost seriousness.”

Ronk is married and has no children, Madison Heights authorities said.

(Patch intern Courtney Bledsoe contributed to this report.)



Elma Granata July 03, 2014 at 09:02 AM
What is wrong with these women? I am disappointed at the lack of quality in the teachers that we have today because she is not the first one to do this & it is disgusting. Mary K Laterneau did it to a 13 year old, had 2 children with him and then married him. She did not go to prison for life. The punishment should fit the crime, she should be banned from teaching anyone for life, pay a huge fine, be listed as a sex offender and on probation for for 10 years but I think life in prison is an overkill. A teacher should be someone a student can look up to for guidance and knowledge not a pervert who takes advantage of them.
The Salvage Man July 03, 2014 at 07:48 PM
What is the childs punishment?
cookiepro2 July 03, 2014 at 09:28 PM
Agree with Elma, the punishment should not be the same as for abusing a pre-pubescent child. Hopefully, if she is found guilty, judge will provide the common sense that the law does not.

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