This week, a married middle school teaching assistant got busted for allegedly letting a 14-year-old male student fondle her breasts while she was wearing nothing but panties — in the backseat of a car in a church parking lot at 4:30 in the morning. The culprit is none other than Katie L. Carsey.
The 36-year-old mother of two was arrested on Wednesday. She is currently on paid leave from her job at Fort McCoy School, a K-8 public school in Marion County, Florida.
The fondling incident occurred in the wee morning hours of Thursday, July 6, according to Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV.
A Marion County sheriff’s deputy spotted Carsey’s automobile in the church parking lot and decided to investigate. The deputy stopped Carsey as she was trying to leave the premises in her vehicle. She was only wearing a bra and panties.
Carsey told the deputy that her plan was to meet an adult male in the parking lot, according to an incident report.
The deputy permitted Carsey to leave without an arrest or citation.
Then, on Tuesday of this week, an anonymous tipster informed the sheriff’s office that the 14-year-old male student had been involved.
In an interview with investigators, the student confirmed that he was with Carsey that night in the church parking lot, according to the Ocala Star-Banner.
The now 15-year-old teen explained that Carsey had removed her pants, her shirt and her bra. Carsey and the teen kissed, he said. He also touched her breast.
Then, the cop showed up.
The teen told investigators he “saw the police officer, turned around, left the parking lot and ran,” according to sheriff’s office spokesman Paul Bloom.
The teen said hid in the bushes and then ran home.
Carsey and the teen knew each other because she had been an assistant at Fort McCoy School last year when he was a student there.
An investigator interviewed Carsey on Wednesday. According to court documents, she initially stuck to her original story, saying that she had been in the church parking lot — wearing only undergarments — because she had made out with some random guy at a bar and wanted to change clothes before going home near dawn to see her husband.
Later, though, investigators say, Carsey admitted that she had been almost totally naked while making out in the backseat of her car with a middle school student. She noted that she touched his crotch, according to the Star-Banner.
Carsey also admitted that she knew her romantic feelings for the teen were inappropriate, according to a report by investigators.
Marion County school district officials placed Carsey on administrative leave with pay after she was arrested. They noted that this arrest is her first brush with the law.
“Normal protocol is to place that employee on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of our investigation, which actually ramps up after the criminal investigation concludes,” district spokesman Kevin Christian told WFTV.
Some local parents think school district officials should sack Carsey, effective immediately.
“I think they should just, you know, she admitted to it. The child admitted to it. I think it should just be done and over with and she should lose her job over it,” concerned parent Adrienne Grant told the ABC station.
The charge against Carsey is lewd and lascivious molestation.
A judge set Carsey’s bail at either $5,000 or $10,000. Local news reports conflict on the amount.
The judge also ordered Carsey not to contact the male teen.
Jail officials say Carsey has been on suicide watch and under constant surveillance while in jail.
It’s not clear if she has posted bail.