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Teacher jailed for minimum of six years for sexual relationship with 15-year-old student

Jailed: Ronk pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal sexual conduct
Jailed: Ronk pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal sexual conduct

A former teacher at a Catholic school in Oakland has been sentenced to a minimum of six years in prison for a sexual relationship involving a teenage student.

Kathryn Ronk (30), who has since lost her job at Bishop Foley in Madison Heights, entered a guilty plea before Oakland County Circuit Judge Nanci Grant in February. 

The former Spanish teacher pleaded guilty today to two counts of criminal sexual conduct stemming from a relationship she had with 15-year-old student at the school. 

Sentencing the 30-year-old in court, Judge Nanci Grant said there was no room for double standards within the judicial system and imposed a custodial sentence. 

She noted the boy was just 15 years of age at the time, and that the severity of the crimes meant a hefty prison sentence was appropriate. 

"You are dealing with children that are still developing emotionally," Grant said Wednesday. "To have this continuing double standard is unacceptable.

"The law does not recognize a double standard, the law is clearly on point in terms that these children are developing human beings.

"This was a person in position with power and influence over him."

The ex-teacher was originally charged with five counts of criminal sexual conduct, including rape, but pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, USA Today reports. 

Judge Grant sentenced the former teacher to to spend the next six to 15 years in prison.

She also faces further charges because some of the sexual contact took place in the boy's home and in a car in the vicinity. A trial date has been set for March 31, although there are ongoing discussions about a plea arrangement.