Former Katy ISD employee accused of sending nude photos to student allowed to live in home with minors
A 25-year-old former Katy ISD employee accused of sending sexually explicit photos and videos of herself to a student using Snapchat is being allowed to return home where three minors reside after a Harris County judge amended the conditions of her bond, officials said Tuesday.
Kelsie Rochelle Koepke of Katy appeared in court Tuesday for her arraignment on charges of improper relationship with a student and online solicitation of a minor. While her arraignment was reset to June, the judge amended her bond conditions after she requested that she be allowed to move back in with her daughter, mother, stepfather and 13-year-old twin stepbrothers, court records show.
However, Koepke is still not allowed to be around other children, said Steve Walsh, an assistant district attorney who’s prosecuting the case.
She had been living with other family members since her initial court appearance on March 20.
Her defense attorney Ned Barnett argued in a motion to the court that Koepke — who has not had any violations while out on bond and who has always lived at the residence with her daughter and two stepbrothers — be supervised by an adult when her two 13-year-old stepbrothers are in the home, records show.
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In March, a judge ordered Koepke to not have any contact with anyone under the age of 17 after detectives said they discovered she had been having an improper relationship with a Katy ISD student.
Koepke, who was released on a $15,000 bond, allegedly sent nude photos of herself to a 15-year-old male student at Paetow High School using Snapchat with the username of “Momma K.”
Paetow High School administrators told Katy ISD police about the alleged affair, records show. Koepke is accused of sending “nude images of her breasts and two videos of herself masturbating,” records show.
Detectives learned that Koepke had met the student a few weeks before a Homecoming event, where she told the student to not save any of their Snapchat conversations, records show. She later apologized to the student but continued to send photos, court documents show.
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Koepke told investigators she thought she was sending the nude photos to someone else and not the student. When she found out she was sending the photos to a student, she didn’t delete him because she wanted “keep the peace,” records show.
Paetow High School Principal Mindy Dickerson sent a letter out to parents advising them of the situation.
“But please be assured that the district takes this allegation very seriously and is fully cooperating with law enforcement,” she said.
She was fired from her job at Katy ISD.
As part of the conditions of her bond, Koepke is not allowed to contact the high school student whom she is alleged to have had a relationship with, use computer equipment, including a cellphone, access pornography, use alcohol or narcotics and she is not allowed within 1,000 feet of children, records show. Any violation could cost her $500, six months in jail or revocation of her bond.
Koepke is expected back in court on June 20.