A California school psychologist has been arrested after allegedly having sex with an underage student in a high school classroom.
Kristen Lynn Boyle, 35, of Lake Forest, is now facing one felony charge of statutory rape after a lengthy investigation by authorities, according to a joint statement from the Orange County District Attorney’s office and the La Hambra Police Department.
Boyle was working as a school psychologist at La Habra High School when authorities say she engaged in “an illegal sexual relationship with a minor” in one of the high school’s classrooms in April 2018. After the alleged relationship was discovered, Boyle was placed on administrative leave while the investigation into the matter continued.
She was arrested by La Habra police for the statutory rape charge on Friday.
“Mental health professionals wield a tremendous amount of influence over their patients,” Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said of the arrest. “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.”
If convicted of the charge against her, Boyle could be sentenced to up to three years in prison, prosecutors say.
Authorities did not find any other victims during their investigation; anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the La Hambra Police, according to local station KTLA.
The Fullerton Joint Union district officials declined to comment on the allegations, according to The Orange County Register.
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