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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Catty woman charged with sexual assault

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

DA’s office alleges inappropriate activity between foster mother, minor

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced Sept. 19 a Catasauqua Borough woman has been charged with statutory sexual assault and a related offense.

Kimberly Race, 42, of 830 Race St., has been charged with one count of statutory sexual assault, a felony of the first degree — because the juvenile was under age 16, the defendant was more than 11 years older and they were not married to each other — and one count of corruption of minors, a misdemeanor of the first degree.

On June 27, Detective Andrew Millen, with the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office, received a report of alleged sexual assaults on a juvenile, age 15 at the time, that occurred on numerous occasions at the 830 Race St. address in July and August of 2018.

At the time of the alleged assaults, the juvenile was in foster care, and Race was his foster mother.

Millen began an investigation into the alleged abuse, during which he interviewed the victim and viewed video. Based on his investigation, it is alleged Race engaged in inappropriate sexual activities with a minor while she was his foster parent.

According to Martin, Race was employed as a teacher in the Catasauqua Area School District. The victim had been a student, while in seventh grade and age 12, in one of Race’s classes several years prior to the alleged abuse.

There are no allegations of abuse during the time the victim was Race’s student, according to the report from the district attorney’s office.

Martin said Race has been suspended from her position with the school district.

Race was arraigned Sept. 19 through the county’s central booking. Magisterial District Judge Ronald Manescu set bail at $50,000 unsecured.

The preliminary hearing date is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at Magisterial District Judge Michael D’Amore’s office.