LA HABRA, Calif. – A high school psychologist in California was arrested last week. She is accused of having sex with a student inside a classroom, officials said.
Kristen Boyle, 35, was working as a psychologist at La Habra High School in April 2018 when the alleged statutory rape took place, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
An investigation was opened following “a report that she had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student on the school’s campus,” authorities said in a press release on Tuesday.
“Mental health professionals wield a tremendous amount of influence over their patients,” District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in a statement. “This betrayal of trust is even more egregious because she used her position to gain her victim’s trust and then exploited the therapist/patient relationship to prey on one of the very students she was entrusted with helping.”
Boyle was arrested Sept. 20. She has been charged with one felony count of statutory rape. Punishment for the crime carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison. The district attorney’s office did not provide the age of the student.