October 8, 2015

Chester County Teacher Faces Sex Crime Charges


Katie Cross

A 31-year-old English teacher at Collegium Charter School in Exton was arrested in July and charged with having a physical relationship with one of her students. Katie Cross, language arts teacher, was officially charged with institutional sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors, and endangering the welfare of children. She was arrested and released on $150,000 unsecured bail.

According to the criminal complaint, a resident of East Bradford called police July 1st around 8 pm to report a suspicious vehicle in front of the house on the 1400 block of Scenic Drive. The caller reported that a male and female inside the vehicle were having “an intimate encounter.” The complaint also stated that the female was “straddling” the male in the front passenger seat.

After police arrived, the two suspects were identified as Katie Cross and a male student at Collegium Charter. The 17-year-old victim told police that Cross was his English teacher, and that the two had been engaged in a physical relationship since February 2015.  He also told police they had physical contact on two occasions when Cross picked him up and drove to a secluded area and had kissed several times in her classroom.

Collegium Charter School suspended Cross following her arrest and released the following statement:

The West Chester Police Department and the Chester County District Attorney’s office notified Collegium Charter School that one of our teachers was arrested concerning her alleged conduct with a student.

The teacher, Kate Cross, was a Language Arts teacher at the Collegium High School. She has been suspended until further notice.

Collegium is fully cooperating with the West Chester Police Department and the Chester County District Attorney’s office. The school takes the safety and well-being of our children extremely seriously.

As the police continue their investigation, we are not permitted to provide additional information.